Info-graphic via @tibettruth
Info-graphic by @tibettruth
Paris, France on March 14 is to host an event titled ‘Europe Stands With Tibet’ sounds like a gathering that’s in solidarity with the Tibetan people, right? Wrong! This rally should be more correctly termed ‘A Platform To Promote The Surrender Of Tibet’s Right To Nationhood’ Why so? Well take into account that its been organized and promoted by the Central Tibetan Administration and will feature as main speaker Doctor Lobsang Sangay who will be peddling his message of autonomy under Chinese rule, in the hope of appeasing China.
As with recent Tibetan demonstrations in New York and Dharamsala it is likely that the issue of Tibetan independence will not be welcome, at what we understand is to be tightly restricted and orchestrated meeting. Tibetan communities are being bused across Europe to attend and ensure that this propaganda theater has a compliant and obedient audience. No doubt Tibetan flags will be tolerated but that will be a distraction, the central message will be that ‘We are only seeking genuine autonomy’ a condition if ever realized under the brutal oppression of the Chinese regime will not be allowing any degree of Tibetan national identity and certainly will arrest, torture and shoot anyone who dares to raise Tibet’s national banner.
Don’t be mislead either should you read of or hear the cynical use of the term ‘freedom’ by the Harvard trained lawyer. While it sounds suggestive of independence it’s used by Lobsang Sangay as it may exist under the various forms of ‘autonomy’, for anyone who doubts such an assessment we refer you to an interview Video Here in which he made clear that his proposals on resolving the issue of Tibet ruled out the prospect of democratic rights for Tibetans in Tibet!
This is an individual who while cloaking himself in the Tibetan flag and delivering carefully scripted rhetoric designed to appeal to and manipulate the exiled Tibetan community, is opposed to Tibetan independence and has willfully ignored the demands and political aspirations of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet.
If anyone reading this truly wishes to stand with the Tibetan people they will not be doing so by attending this event in Paris, better to show your solidarity with the peaceful resistance being waged by Tibetans in Tibet, join and get active with those organizations who clearly state an objective of national liberation and independence for Tibet.
Image:capture from facebook video posted via sonam samanatha
In exile Tibet’s cause reached a disappointing low on March 10, a date commemorating the 1959 Lhasa Uprising and a central focus to honor Tibetans inside Tibet who continue their courageous and peaceful resistance to Chinese tyranny. For the second year running New York was the stage upon which a cynical game of manipulation and the promotion of political approved agendas was acted out.Unlike last year however, when such covert actions were restricted to the prominent placement of slogans promoting the policy adopted by and actively followed by Doctor Lobsang Sangay and the Central Tibetan Administration events yesterday took a disturbing turn for the worse.
It would appear that in the land of free speech there is no place within the Tibetan
community of New York for any mention of Tibet’s independence or slogans calling for a
free Tibet. So what was going down? From various reports it appears that a coalition of
censorship and political conformity, comprising prominent figures within the Regional
Tibetan Youth Congress, Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Tibetan Community and
Chushi Gangdruk had agreed upon excluding from the organized rally any voices or protests that dissented from the officially approved call for ‘genuine autonomy’.
The resulting scenes were deeply troubling with Tibetans, by their own people, being
marginalized, bullied and censored simply for daring to promote the rightful national
freedom of Tibet. As you may imagine the sense of outrage, frustration and sadness which emerged was a cause of much debate and division, resulting in division, accusations and genuine anger. Understandably so, after all the struggle being waged inside Tibet seeks not submitting to Chinese communist laws on autonomy but demands nation liberation and independence, it is the duty and birthright of exiled Tibetans to stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Tibet towards that just objective.
The resultant reaction across various social media platforms has been volcanic to say the
least, especially upon Facebook, people rightly condemn what was a blatant attempt to
censor any mention of Tibetan independence by silencing and ostracizing those who dared to shout for national freedom. Much finger-pointing, excuses and denial have been offered in the subsequent exchanges on the subject with calls for unity and tolerance, yet those who seek to castigate pro-independence Tibetans as being responsible for causing
disabling division are being duplicitous and delusional in their criticism.
Why so? Well the origins for this regrettable incident are to be correctly sourced not to people holding a conviction who support Tibet’s independence, nor can it be explained in any reasonable manner to an unwillingness to tolerate different views on Tibet. The seeds of this divisive and damaging schism were engineered in the political laboratories of a Central Tibetan Administration that for years now has been actively promoting a policy of appeasing China’s regime. It’s Middle Way ‘solution’ seeks not an independent Tibet but merely the application of Chinese communist laws relating to autonomy of so-called ‘ethnic minorities’.
There’s a problem though, and one lying in a dark corner that explains events at the rally yesterday, the Chinese regime has long dismissed such overtures from the CTA as a veiled bid for independence. So from the perspective of the Central Tibetan Administration the issue of Tibetan independence is deeply problematical, indeed it is regarded as an obstacle to progressing talks with China, as such a response was needed.
How best to reassure China that the CTA was not advocating an independent Tibet? Statements to that effect were clearly not enough, actions were needed, some physical manifestation perhaps to help dispossess the Chinese government of its suspicions? So in addition to relentlessly affirming via official statements that only genuine autonomy is being sough a covert campaign has been set in motion that’s manipulating various global protests for Tibet, along with the exile Tibetan community into endorsing the official proposals of the CTA. False choices are being presented in which supporting the Middle Way is portrayed as being loyal to the cause of Tibet and His Holiness, while advocates of Tibet’s rightful independence are marginalized as being disloyal, extreme or unrealistic. Such has been the toxic and cynical narrative increasingly clouding the exiled Tibetan movement.
To the disadvantage and embarrassment of Tibet’s cause there are a significant number of Tibetans in New York who for reasons of conformity, lack of understanding, personal gain or wishing to demonstrate what in reality is a misplaced loyalty now act as censorial attack-dogs for the policy of surrender being pushed by Doctor Lobsang Sangay and his colleagues within the Central Tibetan Administration. Their unthinking obedience is betraying the sacrifices and common political aspirations of their brothers and sisters inside occupied Tibet, such treachery, for that is what it is, needs to be urgently exposed and challenged, in that regard we hope that their disgraceful attempt to silence fellow Tibetans who support Tibet’s independence will serve as a call to action!
We are very happy to report that today we have named and registered a star within the constellation of Draco as ‘Bod Rangzen’ (independence for Tibet). While NASA is probably unwilling to recognize this registration, due in large part to not wishing to upset its Chinese space partners , it’s title will be accepted by all those who value freedom, justice and human rights.
So next time you have a chance look up into the night skies and locate Draco, although the star itself is not visible to the naked eye, it’s shining down hope that freedom will return for the Tibetan people.
Image: file photo/graphic via @tibettruth
When exiled Tibetan Ministers, who let’s be realistic are highly unlikely to exchange their comfortable lives in the USA , Europe or India for an uncertain existence under the dubious laws of communist China’s regime in an ‘autonomous’ Tibet, start misrepresenting the truth of the common political aspiration of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet then you know the Tibetan movement in exile has lost its way!
Here’s the latest example, courtesy of Ms Dikyi Chhoyang as reported by Times Of India, perhaps we shall be later informed that the quote featured was misreported by the journalist, or confused in translation. A response favored previously by prominent representatives of the Exiled Tibetan Administration when finding themselves in hot water.
What’s particularly offensive, apart from a gross distortion of the facts is that Ms Chhoyang issues such a comment in full knowledge that inside Tibet her countrymen and women are facing torture, jail, forced labor and bullets to demand Tibetan independence.Clearly she and her colleagues within the Central Tibetan Administration will not allow that reality to obstruct an agenda of betrayal and appeasement though!
Well here we are at the close of 2014 and it’s been another very positive and successful year for our online activism on Tibet. A range of reports, campaigns and ground-breaking lobbying has ensured that the plight of the Tibetan people has been given wide exposure and the propaganda of China’s regime exposed and forcefully challenged. This work could not have taken place without the dedication, skills and commitment of folks who actively support our activism for Tibet. In particular a shout-out must go to our Twitter account which, along with our presence on Facebook, has been a major voice for the cause of Tibet.
This activism has throughout the year received generous participation from many people across a number of countries, including China; in which we are striving to increase awareness and understanding on the issue of Tibet. We have also been kindly aided by donations towards our listed work. Such contributions have been a great encouragement and were directed towards annual costs for our online presence, service charges and maintaining security measures to preserve anonymity and afford protection against cyber-attacks. Additionally we are hoping that with further support we can at some stage replace computer and back-up resources.To those of you who have donated thank you for making it happen.
We look forward to dedicating our activism throughout 2015 to Tibet’s just cause and hope you will continue to support our efforts. Together we make the difference! Meanwhile wherever you are reading this may you enjoy happiness, health and prosperity during the coming year.
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