My Name is Yingsel
I am a Tibetan Antelope.
I am known as YingYing in China and I was chosen to be one of the mascots for the 2008 Olympic Games.
I am announcing today that I have left the Chinese Olympic Team.
I can no longer stand to be used as a tool of propaganda by the Chinese government. It has been using me to cover up its violent and brutal oppression inside Tibet.
The Chinese authorities hope that by including me, a Tibetan antelope, in their public relations around the 2008 Olympics, that they can fool the outside world into thinking that Tibet is a part of China and that Tibetans are happy and prosperous under Chinese occupation.
China hopes a successful Beijing Games will mask the true nature of their authoritarian rule.
Iâ€™ve gone into hiding because it is not possible for me to speak out against the Chinese government safely as there is no freedom of speech in Tibet or China.
I call on all Tibetan antelopes, Tibetan people, friends, supporters and governments of the world to help me in my quest to restore human rights and freedom in Tibet.
Bod Rangzen. Tibet will be free.