“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Hamlet (1.4.90) Marcellus to Horatio
Following our recent post on the troubling shortcomings of the March 10 protest in London and the questions raised about why, in terms of public protest, the Tibetan scene in England appears to have stagnated, we have received an interesting communication from a gentleman who claims to have been a founding member of a previous version of one of the groups which seem so spectacularly unable to motivate, encourage or support its membership to become actively engaged with the Tibetan Uprising day demonstration. More on that a little later.
Meanwhile just what is it with the organization Free Tibet that seems to attract such criticism, notwithstanding its friends in the exiled Tibetan Administration, which recently were the only party to ride to their rescue when the organization was charged by a Tibetan blogger, calling himself Gelek, with being neocolonialists. According to the author they effectively hijacked the Tibetan cause and set themselves up as the go to body for the media for any questions on Tibet. Of course that searing indictment and the toxic debate that followed raised too many inconvenient questions, cynics therefore would not be too shocked to learn that, roughly the same time as a supportive statement SEE HERE from Ms. Dicky Chhoyang, an exiled Tibetan official, was posted online the offending post mysteriously was withdrawn by the Tibetan author.
Subsequent efforts to seek reasons as to why he removed the article were greeted with silence. No doubt much to the relief of the handful of non-Tibetans who run the offices of Free Tibet and the executive administrators behind the scenes, who would not have welcomed such negative inquiry or exposure. Then readers may recall there was another damning exposé, this time from a former staff member of that group whose insights and experiences of attitudes and working practices certainly increased the temperature and invited further concerns.
Reading that blistering account it was difficult for the most trusting and fair of minds not to perceive the organization as arrogantly unaccountable, staffed by careerists, with little knowledge of Tibet and troubling questions related to the allocation of funding.
“As a small but leading UK Tibet agency, it is difficult to justify how half of an annual budget of £500 000 was spent on staff salaries in 2011-12. For a six-staff organisation that’s excessive, particularly when their media and human rights reporting activity is done as well, if not better, by other Tibetan-led and staffed organisations, such as the TCHRD, on a far smaller budget.” (Source: ‘A Free Tibet Without Tibetans No Thanks’ Ms. Adele Wilde-Blavatsky)
A period of relative calm then ensued until our friends on Twitter alerted us on Tuesday March 12 to posts from the hacktivist group Anonymous about a page on the website of Free Tibet which seemed to be exploiting the harrowing issue of Tibetans suffering torture for the purposes of attracting donations and increasing membership.Details HERE
It was against this background that we read a communication sent on March 13 to our Blog from a Mr Sean Jones, a founder of a group which was eventually to be renamed and seemingly re-branded as Free Tibet. His comments raise further questions and demand exposure, to that end we shall be posting those in full in a following post. See HERE