As Tibetans in occupied Tibet prepare to celebrate, as best as they can under the suffocating rule of China’s regime, Losar (Tibetan New Year) in a secure multi-story building in downtown Lhasa other plans are being made.
The brutal enforcers of Xi Jinping and the communist party of China attended yesterday an online conference to receive the latest dictates from party secretary Wu Yingjie. Chinese officials and Tibetan political stooges dutifully took copious notes as it was made clear that additional security measures were to be enforced for the duration of the festival.
For Tibetans this means tighter restrictions on travel, more Chinese paramilitary and checkpoints on the streets and additional surveillance of online activity and monitoring of phone calls.
Well we made it, 2020 has arrived and around the world much celebration for a better year, unless you were a Tibetan suffering under the relentless misery and oppression of Chinese rule. In Lhasa and across occupied Tibet there were no parties, music concerts or dancing, only the sound of paramilitary patrols stomping along the sidewalk.
While the highlight show for the evening was a speech from Xi Jinping extolling the virtues of patriotism and loyalty to the Chinese communist party and its ambitions for the so-called Motherland.
For any Tibetan who dared go outside they would be confronted by the countless armed patrols ensuring what the Chinese authorities call ‘social harmony’
In Lhasa and other Tibetan towns high-tech security systems are being implemented, including facial recognition cameras and bio-metric barriers to control and identify each and every Tibetan. There is no aspect of life inside Tibet which is free from surveillance and Chinese regime oppression.
We wish all our friends and supporters a very happy Tibetan Losar, a festival that welcomes the new year. It’s a time when family celebrate, small gifts are offered, delicious bowls of soup enjoyed and of course no feast would be complete without a steaming hot pan of Momo. The famous meat-filled dumplings which when served with a freshly-made chilli sauce are utterly delicious. Music too and dancing traditionally feature, as does the propiation of deities and ‘spirits’ of the land and water. The roots of this celebration go back to ancient times, yet while it has at its core Tibetan religious and folk beliefs it is about the enjoyment of life and family.
It also represents Tibetan cultural and national identity, which is why the Chinese regime, via the mass colonization of Tibet, is exerting its corrosive influence over the festival. Television and radio channels are broadcasting 24/7 Losar themed shows, but they are more ersatz than authentic, performers and stages draped in the red and yellow of China’s national flag. Robotic mass-choreographed dancers, songs delivered in Chinese praising the so-called Motherland and a supposedly contented Tibetan people. Like every other facet of Tibetan culture Losar has come under the draconian grip of the Chinese authorities and they are identity. It is a corrosive process of Sinocization.
Yet such flashy propaganda is superficial in comparison to the Losar which dwells in each Tibetan heart. The organized festivity approved by the occupying Chinese authorities is utterly detached from the ancient observances and authentic enjoyment of Losar. China exploits the festival to project its power and reinforce the propaganda narrative, it’s a political agenda which is in reality being celebrated.
That will not eclipse or replace for Tibetans the Losar Festival and its wonderful traditions, it’s within the cultural DNA of Tibet and it will take more than phony stage-shows or fake costumes to convince Tibetans otherwise!
Our resolution for 2019 is to continue reporting and opposing the tyranny of China’s regime against the Tibetan people. In addition we’ll be exposing those governments, institutions, politicians, corporations and media who choose to appease China. Across social-media our amazing team on Twitter and Facebook shall ensure that the just cause of Tibet is given a clear, accurate and determined presentation. Those who misrepresent Tibet’s history, it’s present situation or the plight of Tibetans will be vigorously challenged.
There’s four main areas of activism forming our focus this year.
On February 13 we shall be celebrating ‘Tibetan Independence Day’ raising awareness across social-media of Tibet’s rightful claim to national freedom.
In the week before March 10 we’ll be launching our online lobby of political representatives, to make sure that Tibet’s cause for independence is represented to your politician.
Following that action from March 11 through March 22 we report on and challenge the anticipated silence of the 63rd United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women and its associated NGO Forum on the issue of China’s forced sterilizations. We have friends who will be on site monitoring developments.
Then during May we’ll be actively supporting @Glasto4TIBET who will be present across the Festival during June 26 through 30 to raise the Tibetan national flag and enegage with folks about the cause of Tibet.
As ever we welcome and invite your participation in these actions. Keep updated and informed by following @tibettruth
This video is for purposes of education, satire and fair use and (cough) should not be regarded as the official policy of the Chinese Regime). It was conceived, created and published on the day of Losar. New Year in occupied Tibet.
Anonymous activists #Op_Tibet have today issued a video statement across social media announcing their continued support for the Tibetan cause and declaring an intent to intensify attacks against Chinese government websites. We are extremely grateful to those who created the video for referencing our activism for Tibet. Many thanks also to @AnonymousTibet for sharing news of this development.