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5th International Conference On Tibetan Independence

Over a 150 Tibetan activists from India, Nepal, United States of America and Europe are attending the 5th International Rangzen Conference. A platform to explore, advance and examine the cause of Tibetan independence. It is being held May 23 to 25 in Dharamsala, Northern India.

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We wish this conference every success in progressing the legitimate cause of Tibet’s national independence.

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Twitter Account Trolling Untruths On Political Aspirations Of Tibetans

Occasionally the past has to revisited, especially if events are being re-written and used to deceive and mislead. After all a key objective of this portal on Tibet is to ensure just and challenging reportage. With that in mind we were prompted to draft this expose after receiving a heads-up from our Twitter team @tibettruth. They monitor Tibet related timelines and discovered an account (see image below) which is pushing a major falsehood regarding the political aspirations of Tibetans in occupied Tibet.

This assertion is a gross distortion and designed to mislead those across social media who have little knowledge of the Tibetan issue. You may be wondering why someone would choose to misrepresent this subject? Clearly there’s an agenda at play, one that has a worrying similarity with the propaganda of China’s regime, pushing the falsehood that Tibetans are content under Chinese rule.  Of course to make a lie more palatable a suggestion of credibility helps, and whoever is behind the account has been careful to reference the exiled Tibetan authority. However, that’s another deception, so let’s break this all down and drag the deception into the light.

In 2008 the first Special General Meeting of Tibetans was held in Dharamsala, India  from November 17 to 22. During that event Mr Karma Chophel, then Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile announced   the results of a covert ‘survey’ taken inside Tibet. In which he claimed 17, 000 Tibetans had been asked for their opinions on what solution they favored on Tibet’s status. It was not made clear how this clandestine questionnaire had been made  possible, nor its methodology or indeed the form and nature of questions supposedly presented. The ‘results’ claimed that over 8000 Tibetans stated they’d follow the policy of the Dalai Lama (no surprise there then) while 2000 expressed support for the Middle Way policy. Significantly 5000 Tibetans were said to have demanded an end to the Middle Way in favor of a policy for Tibet’s independence. ( Source: Tibet’s Last Stand, Warren J Smith, 2010).

It is this claim made by the late Mr Karma Chophel which appears to be the source of the fabricated assertions being promoted by the Twitter account shown above, distorted selectively and re-worded to emphasize a core deception. The term ‘poll’ has clear meaning and interpretation to any reader within the relatively free societies of liberal democracies, it also implies a certain authority. But the process of determining public opinion on political issues as hot as Tibet is not tolerated by China’s tyrannical regime. Anyone conducting such a survey, those taking part and their families would face torture, jail, forced labor or execution. The notion therefore that Tibetans took part in a poll to express their view on Tibet’s future status is a nonsense! Furthermore with several million Tibetans not participating in this ‘survey’ the assertion that 71% of Tibet’s population wish to stay within China is a blatant lie and completely inaccurate.

There has never been any political surveys or polls conducted in occupied Tibet, while the exiled Tibetan Administration offers little detail on the subject.

“Similarly, opinions from inside Tibet were also collected during an opinion poll for the referendum in 1995-96. Both written and verbal suggestions were solicited from Tibetans inside Tibet for the First Special General Meeting in November 2008. The majority of these opinions were in support of the Middle Way Approach. (Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/282616503/Middle-Way-Approach-Tibet-and-China-solution)

Hardly the democratic will of the Tibetan people, nor an actual referendum, but informal opinions and proposals, selecting to overlook that on the specific subject of support for the Middle Way those claimed to have declared their views expressed more support for Tibetan independence.  Meanwhile, without any evidence of the methodology employed, nor structure and content of the questions, such declarations are claims only. Contrast these with the wealth of  reports, eyewitness testimony and media accounts that document Tibetans protesting year-after-year for their national freedom.

Demonstrations, News Item, Tibet

Freedom Cannot Be Beaten From The Hearts Of Catalonia Or Tibet

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The sight of body-armoured thugs raising batons against peaceful protest has become a depressingly familiar scene, events in Catalonia a vicious replay of the state suppressing the democratic will of a people. In the case of the Catalans, a just and rightful desire for national freedom is being forcefully denied by an authority which, in its endorsement of police brutality, is reminding the world of the dark days of facism in Spain.

As with Tibetans the cultural and national identity of Catalonia has been shackled. While not suffering a cultural genocide the likes of which Tibet has witnessed since China invaded in 1950, Catalans, like their neighbors in the Basque Country, have endured years of oppression at the hands of a Spanish government that refuses to allow those peoples the full enjoyment of democratic rights. Most importantly on the subject of external self-determination Spain has taken the route of the tyrant, dispatching  its security forces to ensure Catalonia remains a Spanish possession.

In this regard, like the Chinese regime, it is acting from a position of fear, a dread of losing control and territory which its exploits. The irony of course is that repression and violence are entirely counter-productive, brutalizing a people has only a superficial effect, as internally it generates a more determined resolve and demand for the very freedoms being refused.  The arrival of an independent Catalonia is another step nearer, the draconian excesses of the Spanish police, approved by the authorities, is a major miscalculation. All tyranny falls upon its sword, a fate which awaits the Chinese regime also!

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So, Why Are Tibetans Right To Demand Independence For Tibet?

 

What you may ask gives legitimacy to

the demands of Tibetans inside occupied

Tibet for independence?

 

That Tibet enjoyed prior to invasion by China in

1950 national governance and freedom?

 

Or is it based upon the fact that Tibetans are a

distinct people, with a unique culture, language

and history?

 

Could such a right be due to the reality

that in terms of international law Tibet may

be correctly defined as an independent nation

under illegal occupation?

 

The reasoning extends beyond these

factors, deriving from the tyranny and

cultural genocide waged against

Tibetans and their culture.

 

It is the fundamental truth that as a people

who are being violently denied their cultural,

political, civil and religious freedom Tibetans

recognize that only an end to Chinese rule

can offer genuine protection to their culture and

national identity.

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Another Tibetan Burns To Remind The World That Tibet Demands Independence

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Reports have broken that on February 29, 2016 a Tibetan monk, named as Kalsang Wangdu self-immolated in Kardze, Kham region of occupied Tibet. Engulfed in flames he is reported to have demanded complete independence for Tibet before being fatally consumed in the blaze.

Kalsang Wangdu Sacrificed His Life To Demand Tibetan Independence
Kalsang Wangdu Sacrificed His Life To Demand Tibetan Independence

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Truth Of Tibet’s Independence Written In Stone

9th Century ACE Pillar Inscription A Witness To Tibet's Ancient Independence
9th Century ACE Pillar Inscription A Witness To Tibet’s Ancient Independence

“One of the most important treaties between the Tibetan Empire and the Chinese Empire dates back to AD 821-822. The text, carved in Tibetan and Chinese on a stone pillar near the Jokhang temple in Lhasa states that “Great Tibet” and “Great China” would act towards each other with respect, friendship and equality.” Words & Image Above Courtesy Of Jamyang Norbu

February 13 is Tibetan Independence Day a date to honor and recall the fact that historically Tibet was a sovereign state that enjoyed its own national freedom, government and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries. In the context of international law Tibet remains an independent nation under an illegal occupation, with Tibetans a distinct and oppressed people, with the right to external self-determination, whose basic rights are not being respected and subject to heinous human rights abuses. Such peoples, in theory, have a right to external self-determination, and this signifies that such peoples have a right to remedial secession and independence. Today people around the world who care for Tibet, human rights and justice have an opportunity to express solidarity with the Tibetan people in that rightful cause.

Many thanks for all the messages of support which have been received and to our many friends on Twitter and Facebook who have been actively supporting efforts to ensure that others are made aware of Tibet’s independence. Thanks also to those anonymous activists who have announced their support for Tibetan Independence Day, according to a number of posts on Twitter then a number of Chinese government sites look set to be targeted by ‘Operation Tibet’. If any of our friends have any more information or news on that do get in touch.

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Babyboomers Learned About Tibet’s Nationhood

Never fails to amaze, inspire and encourage to see the messages of interest, and friendship the Blog receives in support of Tibet, its people and cause for independence. Thanks to everyone who email and post comments, its awesome to have your input. Take the following just received from Shane

Well Shane thank you so much, your photographs were received and what a treasure they are! Seems that way back when kids could buy gum cards that clearly describe Tibet as a distinct nation and culture, with it’s own flag! From the available information these cards were printed in England, by ABC, although were sold also in the US after a merger with a company called  Topps. More background HERE

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In 1959 the very year that saw the Lhasa Uprising and eventual flight into exile of the Dalai Lama ABC released a series of cards called ‘Flags Of The World’ which featured at Number 52 the Tibetan national emblem, the front cover design is shows Tibet’s flag, the Potala Palace, mountains and what looks to be two climbers in Chinese-looking military uniform.

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The reverse features basic information about Tibet along with some  Tibetan phrases, illustrations of snow-mountains, a yak and what maybe be thought of a lama-type figure. Apart from the collect-ability and curiosity of this card above all it reveals that at one point children across the USA and England were being informed (in the dark-ages of pre-internet) of Tibet’s nationhood. Shane many thanks for taking the time to share, it’s really appreciated.

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Solidarity With What Exactly?

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In an interview in today’s Times of India  the political leader of the exiled Tibetan Administration, Doctor Lobsang Sangay, when asked if  he did not wish to break with China offered the following response:

“We are not challenging China’s sovereignty or territorial integrity. We seek genuine autonomy within the People’s Republic of China. That they refused.”  See Here

Such comments are to be expected from an individual who has been advocating the surrender of Tibet’s nationhood since his appointment to office, a similar appeasement was on display during last week’s meeting in New Delhi, promoted as the ‘Tibetan People’s Solidarity Campaign’. The event, featuring prominent Tibetan and Indian speakers, drew several thousand people and  launched a series of events across India and beyond, including a march lead by  Doctor Sangay and his colleagues.

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It attracted the uncritical support of Tibetans and has been widely promoted across the Internet on social sites such as Facebook, yet a closer look at this campaign reveals it to be not entirely what it seems. No one publicly has even questioned with what exactly is the outpouring of solidarity dedicated? Is it directed towards the Tibetan struggle inside occupied Tibet? An action offered unreservedly in support of the demands made by the Tibetan people for independence? Does it have an altogether different purpose? Although hidden in plain sight, and thankfully invested with integrity by individual Tibetans who chose to carry their nation’s flag (take note Doctor Sangay) anyone with an eye for detail could not fail but notice indications that this campaign had been engineered by Lobsang Sangay and his advisers as a public mechanism to promote what has been a recent re-branding of the Tibetan issue. At this stage it’s useful perhaps for those with little knowledge of Tibet’s cause to offer a brief breakdown.

In essence Doctor Lobsang Sangay and his Administration have inherited, and become very enthusiastic advocates of, a strategy first proposed by the Dalai Lama in which Tibetan independence is abandoned, in favor of improved cultural, social and local governmental autonomy. Known as the Middle Way policy it has proved a singular failure,  a reality conceded by the Dalai Lama during a television interview. Despite being forcefully and consistently rejected by China’s regime, this proposal, formalized into a written document; the Memorandum On Meaningful Autonomy For Tibetans continues as the central strategy of Doctor Sangay’s Administration.

Now before the suicidal compromises of that proposal are considered China’s authorities have to be ‘encouraged’ to continue with what have previously been fruitless  negotiations. The Chinese leadership has made a number of thoroughly inflexible demands while remaining deeply suspicious of, and hostile towards these proposals, claiming them to be no more than a disguised attempt to restore Tibet’s sovereignty. This has resulted in the exiled Tibetan leadership jumping through an endless series of hoops in an effort to assuage Chinese suspicions and prove that it is acting in good faith. Within this context there is for Lobsang Sangay at least, no place for Tibet’s rightful nationhood and independence, as those issues are far too toxic and would mean the demise of ongoing efforts to seek negotiation with China.

Image:graphic by @tibettruth via original photo from mogru tenpa

This then is the background, the corrosive forces operating behind the so-called ‘Tibetan People’s Solidarity Campaign’ which explain the words of appeasement from Doctor Sangay, remarks that trample across the common political aspiration for independence expressed by decades of Tibetans protests in occupied Tibet.  In light of these circumstances was it any surprise that organizers of the meeting in New Delhi chose not to display on stage a single Tibetan flag, a symbol of Tibetan national identity, was it considered an action too negative for Chinese consumption? Did such considerations equally inform the timorous wording of the orchestrated slogans, which were made available by the exiled Tibetan Administration to participants?
The on-stream message of the event was tightly focused upon saving Tibet’s culture, protecting language, appeals to China to act compassionately, and requests for international and media support. Clearly the campaign was no display of political solidarity with the quest for Tibetan independence, but part of continuing restructuring of the Tibetan cause, imposed by an elite desperate to satisfy Chinese demands.

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Meanwhile inside occupied Tibet the resistance to China’s illegal and brutal occupation continues, Tibetans face torture, forced labor and Chinese bullets to demand Tibetan independence, while in exile a handful of prominent Tibetans seek surrender with China and mobilize Tibetans onto the streets to support what has proved an inane and vacuous policy of appeasement. The people of Tibet deserve so much more than this cynical betrayal, they have every right to expect a genuine solidarity movement, in unison with their just struggle for an independent Tibetan nation.

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Time For Doctor Lobsang Sangay To Listen To The Demands Of Tibetans

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We respectfully suggest to Doctor Lobsang Sangay to consider the heroism, patriotism and sacrifice made by Sangay Dolma, who on November 25, offered up her life in fiery sacrfice to assert Tibetan independence. Report HERE Perhaps next time the exiled Tibetan ‘political leader’ repeats his jaded mantra that ‘we (sic) are not seeking independence’ he will hear how hollow and bogus such a claim truly is!