Let’s Salute Tibet’s Genuine Heroes

We can only imagine at the courage required to protest for Tibet's independence in such a way!

We can only imagine at the courage required to protest for Tibet’s independence in such a way!

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Occasionally on social media sites video footage is published that shows the naked courage of Tibetans as they resist Chinese tyranny, such protests both collective and individual are a powerful reminder that the hope of Tibet’s people remains one of national liberation. As was the case with the example above when these brave Tibetans took their demands for Tibetan independence to the street. Such actions also provide a sobering contrast to certain currents flowing through the wider Tibetan movement in exile, a form of celebrity activism in which the ‘personality’ seems to take precedence over the cause. This trend tends to elevate and promote the actions of the individual, usually accompanied by numerous images or video, all of which seem to be saying ‘look at me am I not marvelous in my dedication?’

Anyone recoiling at this somewhat cynical view is requested to invest a little time on Twitter or Facebook upon which there are many examples, some it must be conceded are innocent or well meaning in supporting Tibet. Others however smack of orchestration, as if we are seeing an engineered promotion, usually such cases involve certain Tibet-related organizations, or prominent Tibetans who have attracted considerable global attention. Now while such people only can truly assess their motivation, there is no doubt that their efforts are bringing an increased awareness of Tibet, for that at least we must be grateful.

However if we were to be asked who we consider to be the voice of Tibet’s struggle the celebrity or high profile activist would not be our choice. The genuine champions of Tibet are its people who daily face the genocidal rule of China’s regime, and especially those whose activism risks far more than house arrest in a comfortable apartment in Beijing. They know such protest will invite torture, years of misery in a forced-labor camp or a likely-hood of being shot, yet despite such bone-chilling consequences ordinary Tibetans are opposing the illegal occupation of Tibet and asserting their national and cultural identity.

Their sacrifices are truly inspiring and while others may wish to fill  the internet with praise for fashionable activists we reserve our solidarity for the nomad, monk, farmer, wife, brother, husband and youth of Tibet who are it’s authentic heroes.

Have Switzerland’s Chinese Embassy Staff Assaulted Tibetan Protesters?

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Video Extract Via 20min.ch

Basel Switzerland Sunday September 7 at a China-related public event Tibetans staging a peaceful protest are assaulted by Chinese individuals, their right to dissent violently denied in a country that prizes its commitment to, and enjoyment of human rights.

Who are those persons who perpetrated what looks very much like a case of criminal assault? Well given it was a promotion relating to China it would, as are virtually all such events, been authorized and organized with the knowledge and active support of the Chinese Embassy.

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This raises the question if those who assaulted those Tibetans were Embassy or Consular staff? It would not surprise anyone with a knowledge of how China’s regime operates in regard to the issue of Tibet or human rights.

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It’s hoped that the local police have been informed and charges made, as such behavior is entirely unacceptable, people have the right to free speech, and the behavior on display in Basel only serves to remind the world how vicious and censorial China is to any dissenting voice.

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Action

We are appealing to Mr. Didier Burkhalter Head Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to arrange an urgent investigation into this incident to establish more conclusively if those who carried out  this assault were in any way linked with the Chinese Embassy or Consular Offices. If so we urge the FDFA to request Ms. Zhu Bangzao, the Chinese Ambassador, to provide an explanation and issue an apology for the disgraceful behavior of her officials. While diplomatic immunity may protect such individuals from police prosecution we would hope that Mr Burkhalter will uphold values of freedom of speech and right to peaceful protest and agree that such oppressive scenes are not welcome in Switzerland. In that context we call upon his office to launch an immediate investigation and make clear to the Chinese authorities his concerns.

Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Didier Burkhalter may do so by requesting the State Secretariat Office to forward your concerns, via the following email address: sts@eda.admin.ch

 

The ANC: From Freedom Fighters To Appeasers of China’s Tyrants

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A man sits alone at the end of a bar, escaping the dust and heat of a burning summer over Soweto, with each drink of that barely cold beer his mind travels back to days of resistance and uprising against the oppression and discrimination imposed upon black people under the racist regime that was South African National Party.

On the wall the television flashes into life, dragging him back to a present he’d sooner forget,  with a breaking news report confirming that the African National Congress leadership has once again banned the Dalai Lama from participating in a conference of Nobel laureates due to be held in South Africa. With a weary eye he catches the attention of the barman and orders another drink, his lonely flight to forget the cruel changes that time can inflict. He recalls former years, the solidarity, principles and determination to establish freedom for his people, to see a system that truly valued human rights and equality, what happened to that dream?

Shifting the ice around the glass he wonders how the ANC could be so blind to the sickening hypocrisy of an organization, that once struggled for national freedom against a violent tyranny, could now so readily appease a Chinese regime that is waging a genocidal assault against Tibet and its people. It is all so wrong and hardly the aspiration of the Rainbow Nation!

Everyone Knows It’s A Deception But Conformity Ensures Compliance!

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“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (Jospeh Goebbels, Nazi Minister Of Propaganda)

We wonder if former Harvard law student, now exiled Tibetan administration’s Prime Minister, Doctor Lobsang Sangay is aware of this deeply cynical and manipulative political strategy?

Surely no authentic democratic body would apply such engineered deceit upon its own people, right? Wrong! Here’s a few hot-button phrases to get you thinking; Fukushima, Iraq, WMD, Contra, Syria, homeland security, H1N1, terrorism..were does truth and fact exist, if at all? Are these cases where government has distorted and manipulated public opinion to meet a covert agenda?

Are Tibetans being deceived by their exiled Administration? Well on the thorny subject of that inane and fossilized policy known as the Middle Way (a proposal that abandons Tibet’s right to nationhood in favor of improved autonomy under Chinese control) it certainly seems so. However if you scan the various announcements of Tibetan officials we are given the idea that this ‘solution’ received the democratic consent of the Tibetan people and was conceived, instigated and exercised with the full, transparent endorsement of the Tibetan Diaspora.

Hmmm! Notwithstanding the fact of several million Tibetans in occupied Tibet not having any role in such a claimed process, while a struggle for Tibet’s independence continues to be waged, there was no independently monitored or delivered referendum to objectively determine the collective will of Tibetans on the subject. What surveys reported to have operated were prone to influence and censorship from an Administration that had already embarked upon a course of surrender to China’s regime.

Yet Tibetans and their supporters are being repeatedly assured that the adoption of the Middle Way policy was entirely democratic, are we in the presence of a ‘big lie’? According to prominent Tibetan activist and writer Jamyang Norbu it appears so, as demonstrated most ably in his latest essay http://www.dossiertibet.it/news/jamyang-norbu-great-middleway-referendum-swindle

It is of course conformity that enables this great deception to prevail, a complicity forged from the deeply held values of respect and loyalty which rests in the hearts of virtually all Tibetans. A social and cultural factor that greatly facilitates the unchallenged duplicity of an Administration who forced upon its own people a policy that appeases China and would if realized assassinate any hopes for Tibet’s rightful nationhood.

It’s Cultural Extermination, Not Development In Tibet!

Another Socialist Nightmare Awaits Tibet's Nomads

Another Socialist Nightmare Awaits Tibet’s Nomads

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Information received from inside Tibet and verified by interviews with Tibetans in exile reveals that China’s regime is implementing policies that are designed to create a wholly dependent and thus subservient Tibetan population. Given that the majority of Tibet’s people were of either a full or partly nomadic culture it is that group which faces the full force of such policies, although farmers too are feeling the impact.

The agenda operating may from the outside appear as altruistic, it is certainly promoted as such by China’s regime, replacing traditional lifestyles with the benefits of modernity, improved agriculture, housing settlements, transport links, greater availability of consumer goods. If we are to believe the official propaganda why Tibetans are experiencing a paradise, guided and funded by sensitive and respectful authority. Hmmmm.

The truth however is very different, what development that is taking place benefits mostly China’s regime and Chinese corporations; through the exploitation of natural resources and the countless Chinese settlers who now dominate businesses and services in Tibet. With huge profit to be made Tibetans are being further marginalized and exploited, additionally they are being ordered into socialist ‘villages’ such as the charming example below, where they will be ‘cared’ for the tyrannical authorities of the communist party of China!

Concentration 'Settlements' For Tibetans

Concentration ‘Settlements’ For Tibetans

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Meanwhile Tibetans are being driven at gunpoint off their lands, forced into what are effectively concentration camps, their livestock confiscated and facing a wretched existence where they become dependent having to buy fuel and food. A reported 2 million Tibetans will over the next few years be relocated to such misery, their freedom of movement and independent lifestyles ended, a culture that stretches back to antiquity executed by order of the Chinese regime.

Stripped of their independence how many more years has this traditional lifestyle under the tyranny of China's regime?

Stripped of their independence how many more years can Tibetans retain this traditional lifestyle under the tyranny of China’s regime?

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Any resource or way-of-life that enables Tibetans to preserve their national identity or sense of independence is being targeted, one account received details how Yaks are being systematically confiscated and slaughtered. This animal is critical to the nomads and farmers of Tibet, enabling ploughing, transport, the female Dri proving milk for yoghurt and butter, its fur used to make tent material and ropes. Now increasing numbers of Tibetan villages are empty of yaks, replaced by tractors, rented or paid for with loans to Chinese controlled banks or money lenders, fuel sold via Chinese run gas stores. During the severe winters Tibetans now increasingly are warmed not by the dried dung from yaks, but are reliant upon oil, which of course needs to be paid for, that further binds Tibetans to the economic infrastructure of their colonial tyrants.

Is this the inevitable future of the Tibetan yak? It's fur died white to carry Chinese tourists into the sacred lake of Yamdrok Tso?

A sight that looks set to become rarer as China forces Tibetans off their lands

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So beware reports, so uncritically repeated by mainstream media of China’s claimed investments into truncated regions of Tibet such as the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region, such accounts are carefully constructed deceptions that seek to mislead and distract attention away from the odious reality which Tibet’s people endure under the iron-fist of the Chinese authorities.

With appreciation to Human Rights Watch for their excellent and must read report on this issue PDF Here albeit its disappointing use in the title of a phrase (Tibetan areas in China) engineered by China’s regime to assert the lie that Tibet is not independent nor rightfully possessed of that status.

Tourism Is Killing The Buddha In Occupied Tibet

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This disturbing image encapsulates the plight of Tibetans as a colonized people, it also reflects how Chinese people have been indoctrinated into seeing the people of Tibet and its Buddhist culture as an exotic and exploitable curiosity. Tourism to occupied Tibet is a fundamental and prized economic component of China’s strategy that seeks to assimilate, marginalize and eventually eradicate Tibetan national identity. There exists too an inherent racism that regards Tibet’s people as ‘inferior’, its culture strange and backward, little wonder then that these Chinese tourists show a contemptible disregard for this Tibetan prostrating here in respect of and devotion to Buddha.

There is a cynical and politically motivated effort by China’s regime to reduce Tibetan Buddhism to the role of a tourist attraction, utterly controlled and reshaped to provide a colorful form of entertainment, a photo-opportunity, proof indeed of that trip to Lhasa! Meanwhile as camcorders record such ersatz Buddhism and countless ‘selfies’ are taken at Tibetan Buddhist centers, in monasteries across Tibet the teachings of Buddha are being violently repressed. China’s tyranny over Tibet is most keenly observed by the transformation of monasteries as places of Buddhist study and practice into detention centers, every aspect of their administration and daily activity is under the scrutiny and interference of Chinese officials. Paramilitary forces often based nearby, checkpoints, barbed-wire and machine guns enforce the twisted dictates of the Chinese authorities.

Such a dark reality is of course kept far from the gaze of tourists, who are permitted only to experience the shallow, distorted and utterly deceptive Chinese state-approved version of Tibet. To gain a more informed insight we need to listen to the voice of Tibetans, which is why we reproduce below and account from Theurang, which appeared on the Facebook account ‘Tibet For Tibetans’

“During the summer, my homeland is filled with swarms of Chinese tourists. The rush of tourists means that elderly Tibetans are having difficulties circumambulating the monasteries. Covering their heads in robes, monks and nuns stand by gaping at the tourists in silence. When I see these images, when I think about them, I suffer from intense pain and despair. Anger and resentment boil in my heart. Today, under the crushing boots of foreigners, my homeland is suffering from degeneration and decay. Like swarms of ants unleashed by anthills, these increasing number of tourists are making preparations to settle themselves permanently on our lands. What makes me laugh and cry at the same time is to witness the smiling faces of the Tibetan masses lured by hard cash.

Even the leaders of the nomadic villages have signed contracts to sell their lands. In the next two to three years, these visitors who call themselves tourists will settle permanently on our lands. When tourist vehicles arrive, ruddy-faced Tibetan women and snot-nosed Tibetan boys rush into action with their horses. Holding their breath, desperation in their eyes, they carry Chinese tourists on their horses and walk up the mountains. Holding fifty-Yuan notes in their hands, smiles written all over their faces, they kill their time waiting for the arrival of other tourists. When I see them, I wonder how a race that once conquered two-thirds of the world’s territory has now been turned into a bunch of soul-less slaves serving other people. My dear fellow-countrymen, if we cannot paint the bones of our ancestors in gold, the least we could do is not to throw their gray hair in the wind. Tourists visiting from surrounding areas carry cameras of different sizes in their hands.

Crowds of monks, elderly folks and ‘servicemen’ bearing horses gape at the tourists when the latter take pictures of nomadic villages and rivers. One of the tourists pointed his camera at the strange-looking eyes of these Tibetans and took their pictures. When I saw this, I wondered: ‘When the tourist returns to his place, where would he advertize this picture and what sort of caption would he give it?’ These thoughts gave me intense pain and despair. Why do these tourists point their cameras on the faces of elderly Tibetans and take their pictures? Do these tourists not have a sense of ethics and morality? If we turn around and point the camera on their faces and take their pictures, wouldn’t they run away from us saying we are violating their rights? The fact that they keep taking pictures of our people, our mountains and our villages—despite knowing that such actions are unethical, immoral and illegal—clearly shows what kind of status our people enjoy.

They treat us like animals lacking the ability of speech. They treat us as wage laborers who could be swayed in any direction by the lure of hard cash. They treat us as a race of ignorant barbarians. My dear fellow countrymen, as the saying goes, if sons fail to inherit the legacy of forefathers or if the thread fails to inherit the legacy of needles, others would keep trampling on our heads. What would happen if you visit a Chinese city and randomly point your camera on the face of a Chinese and take his picture? What consequences would you have to bear if you selfishly take pictures of homes, belongings and other precious objects of a city? How would the whip of laws chase you away if you trample upon the rights and liberties of people living in a city? Why can’t the standards of law and ethics of the cities be applied equally in our nomadic grasslands? Why can’t camera-holding tourists riding in cars and masses on horses enjoy equal status if human rights have a universal resonance? Like in the cities, why can’t we put up signboards in nomadic grasslands declaring, ‘Taking pictures, peeing and spitting are strictly prohibited here!”

 

A Ticket To Tibet Set To Further Erode Tibetan Culture

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the opening of a second railway link within occupied Tibet which will enable Chinese troops to be rapidly dispatched close to Sikkim on the Indian border.

The 253 kilometer route connects Lhasa with Shigatse, which is Tibet’s second largest city, raising understandable concerns of further colonization from China, eroding and marginalizing Tibetan culture, along with introducing environmental pressures.