Tibetans remember, this uprising day

Today the Dalai Lama, speaking before crowds from his home-in-exile of Dharamsala, India, condemned China’s handling of Tibetans and the issue of Tibet in a poignant Tibetan Uprising Day address. His Holiness severely changed gears from his normally nonconfrontational and soft approach to China’s rule over Tibet, stating that the last five decades had brought suffering and destruction to his people.

Dalai Lama Marks Fifty Years In Exile

Fifty years ago on this day, Tibetans rose up against Chinese rule on the streets of Lhasa, Tibet. The thousands of deaths in that fight for freedom has since been referred to as Tibetan Uprising Day. In remembrance of those who fought in the struggle, Tibetan communities across the globe have since organized annual peaceful protests on March 10th.

What continues to mystify Western audiences is the way the story of the Tibetan freedom struggle is twisted in the Chinese media. Or should we, as Westerners, assume that Tibetans were indeed poor, miserable slaves before the Chinese “liberated” them? Following the Dalai Lama’s address today, I ran across so many conflicting reports about the history and present situation in Tibet that one could easily be fooled into thinking that the whole Sino-Tibetan debacle was a sham.

However, after living in Dharamsala and working directly with the Tibetan people, I can no more say that violence, discrimination and murder of Tibetans did and does not exist than can I say that slavery was not utilised against the black community in America or the extermination of Jews did not happen during the Holocaust. What Tibetans did and still face in Tibet, not to mention the thousands who have fled their homeland over the years in order to free themselves of religious and political persecution by the Chinese, is real and tangible and displayed by free presses around the world for all to see.

Yet for some reason, China is still feeding its people with lies upon lies. It still seems to feel the need to prove something, to show that it is the big fish in the pond by “claiming” Tibet as its own. Regardless of what history proves (that Tibet was indeed its own country at one point), what does it matter to China that Tibet is a part of their country? Already claiming roughly the same sized land mass as the United States with three times the population, China is the fourth largest country in the world. Why does it need Tibet?

With so many unanswered questions, a good place to start would be with a few snippets that have been floating around cyber space today. Only by reading between the lines will any of us get to the real truth about what is going on in Tibet, and force the Chinese government to start making some changes.

Displaced Tibetans Protest On Streets Of Kathmandu

Dalai Lama’s utter distortion of Tibet history

(March 10, 2009 – Xinua News Agency)

BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) — On March 10, 1959, the Dalai Lama and his supporters started an armed rebellion in a desperate attempt to preserve Tibet’s feudal serfdom and split the region from China.

On Tuesday, exactly 50 years later, the Dalai Lama claimed that Tibetans have been living in “hell on earth,” as if the Tibet under the former feudal serfdom ruled by him were a heaven.

The Dalai Lama also alleged at a gathering in India’s Dharamsala to mark his 50 years in exile that “these 50 years have brought untold suffering and destruction to the land and people of Tibet.”

Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama has not only been on the wrong side of history, but also has got the history upside down. Miseries of “hell on earth” and “untold suffering” occurred nowhere but in the slavery Tibet symbolized by the Dalai Lama. (…)

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/11/content_10987232.htm

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Dalai Lama to speak out 50 years after failed uprising

(March 10, 2009 – AFP)

(…) Chinese troops entered the devoutly Buddhist region in 1950 to “liberate” it from feudal rule, according to Beijing, but Chinese control there remains widely unpopular.

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of seeking to split the Himalayan territory from China. But the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner has repeatedly said he is only pursuing autonomy for Tibet.

“For the last 50 years we have been living in India as exiles and there is some heartburn now,” said Tenzin Norsang, general secretary of the influential Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), which wants outright independence for Tibetans.

Tibetan lobby groups are mustering supporters to launch protests after the Dalai Lama’s address on Tuesday.

“Up to 10,000 people will join our movement, which aims to escalate tensions with China,” said Tenzin Choeying, president of Students for Free Tibet, which also campaigns for independence.

“Anything can happen, as these protests will be spectacular,” he said on the eve of the anniversary. “We intend to embarrass China.” (….)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iXMSB3EUnnfIAJsuamPM0wp7G1QQ

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Dalai Lama criticises China on 50th anniversary of Tibet uprising

(March 10, 2009 – Deutsch Welle)

Tibet’s spiritual leader has condemned China on the 50th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule in the province. The Dalai Lama said the past five decades had brought untold suffering and destruction to the land and its people, and added that Tibetan culture was nearing extinction. Addressing supporters in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala, he also accused Beijing of launching a brutal crackdown in the Himalayan province since last year’s anti-Chinese protests. (….)

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,,12215_cid_4085777,00.html?maca=en-en_nr-1893-xml-atom

Dalai Lama Marks Fifty Years In Exile

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One response to “Tibetans remember, this uprising day

  1. Colette – hope all is well. I enjoy reading your blog, and when I ran across this article in The Economist, I thought you might be interested in reading it. I’m sure you’re familiar with all of its contents, but I was quite surprised by the last paragraph.

    http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13358182&source=most_commented

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