As eyes turn towards New York and Pittsburgh, and the forthcoming protests against the presence of Hu Jintao, anyone supportive of the Tibetan people’s resistance inside Tibet will surely anticipate solidarity with the political objectives of Tibetans in their struggle for independence. Some however appear less certain, including rather suprisingly the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey (RTYCNYNJ). When an appeal was made (via Facebook) to that chapter, requesting that the slogan of independence for Tibet be given central and prominent exposure, they offered a lukewarm response, excusing their lack of support for such a demand by claiming that other messages needed to feature at the G20.
“Thanks for your input. We are all on the same page but honestly there is more than that we need to let the leaders present at the summit know”
Indeed, there may well be valid subjects that merit some exposure, however what about showing some solidarity with their sisters and brothers inside Tibet who, unlike RTYCNYNJ, have no reservation in proclaiming Tibetan independence. Perhaps that organisation is suffering from a similar malady that afflicts the Tibetan Government in Exile, in thinking that any actions which upset, what have proved singularly failed negotiations with communist China, should be avoided? Nothing quite angers Beijing as intensely as the concept or advocacy of self-determination and independence for Tibet, surely a prima facie case for making sure that banners and placards carry that message proudly in NYC and Pittsburgh? Are we witnessing here once more the censorial hands of Dharamsala, ensuring that Tibetans comply with its demands to dilute protests in support of the effort to negotiate?
If so it is a shameful action, and RTYCNYNJ should reconsider such a position with all urgency and restore Rangzen as the main objective on public display during the G20. According to a statement placed on their Facebook page RTYCNYNJ asserts: