by Phurbu Thinley
Dharamsala, June 25: As the countdown to the Olympic Games nears the one-year mark, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) President, Kelsang Phuntsok today called for massive Tibetan mass movement to expose indiscriminate atrocities and gross human rights violation committed against people of Tibet by the Communist Chinese regime in the last almost fifty years of its rule in the region.
Calling it a high time to seize the right opportunity to raise issues that will trounce the credibility of Communist regime’s presence in Tibet, Mr Kelsang said “It is time to question the legitimacy of Communist China’s colonial rule of Tibet by seeking true and valid explanation to extreme atrocities and gross violation of basic rights committed against people of Tibet for the last about five decades.”
“Questions demanding explanations should also be directed towards International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the same time for deciding Beijing as the rightful host of the 2008 games” Mr Kelsang said here this morning at a press conference held at TYC headquarter.
Communist authorities in China, with the help of a strong central propaganda department, manages somehow to steal the world attention by using its growing trade influence and propaganda tools to assure that the atrocities committed in Tibet go unnoticed and to maintain that Tibet supposedly experiences a steady economic progress under the communist leadership.
The truth is Tibetan are suppressed and have no right to make free decision to matters that affect their own livelihood and welfare. Developmental projects in Tibet do not necessarily reflect the interest of Tibetan people. Cases of Tibetan nomads accustomed to traditional way of living with no knowledge of skill labour forcefully being vacated from their traditional lands to make way for either prospective mining sites or developmental projects have increased in recent times. These people are then made to permanently settle in small modeled townships at their own expense.
“It’s time to force China to expound full, factual and authentic information to explain its rosy claims since the effects of the missions carried out in Tibet are found contrary to what communist leaders have been claiming of” kelsang said. “Substantial outcomes of the Chinese intervention in Tibet have shown that the cultural lives of Tibetan people is seen degrading in Tibet in a number of ways” he said. “Unless Tibetan masses seek explanation by creating compelling situation, Chinese communist leaders will not disclose the ill-effects of their hidden agenda, which is aimed fully at diluting Tibetan identity and race,” he says.
“In order to succeed in this task, Tibetans will have to gear up voluntarily for a mass initiative to strengthen a unified voice to form a movement parallel to that of 10 March National uprising held in Lhasa in 1959,” he said.
He said the last time, a major Tibetan action having subsequent impact had been that of 10 March uprising. He expressed despair that there has not been such a large scale voluntary Tibetan movement symbolizing a unified call for freedom since then, blaming partly to difficult situation Tibetans had to face in exile immediately after Communist regime brutally crushed down the Tibetan struggle.
Among other issues; citing exploitation of Tibet’s untapped resources by mining companies without free and prior informed consent of Tibetans, the forceful detention of 11th Panchen Lama, lack of religious freedom as a result of forceful state-sponsored interventions in spiritual life of Tibetan people, especially in monastic centres, escalating negative impacts of railways to Tibet’s ecosystem and sustenance of Tibetan identity in Tibet, and influx of Han population into Tibet as areas of urgent concerns, Mr Kelsang said, “It is time for Tibetans to make a wake up call to China by insistently demanding open and undisclosed clarification to these long silenced issues, where voiceless Tibetans haves become constant victims.”
The same questions should be directed to IOC as well he said adding that China is not worthy of hosting Olympics as per the principle mottos of Olympics spirit.
TYC’s two phased Action plan
TYC-led action plan is divided into two phases in its effort to spawn a massive Tibetan mass movement,
First Phase - 26 June to August 7, 2007: Involves wide-spread letter writing campaign seeking explanations and authentic clarification from concerned heads of IOC and PRC leaders to a set of objectionable claims made by them in calling Beijing a suitable host to 2008 Olympics. In the meanwhile, the members of the regional chapters of TYC across the globe will continue to reach out to Tibetans to explain and campaign for the need of such a widespread movement with the effort to build up its strategic goal of forming a massive Tibetan movement at the end of August 8 2007.
The goal is aimed at weakening and defeating the spirit of 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Two weeks’ time frame is set for the initial the letter-writing campaign and to seek response to it.
Second Phase – July 8 to August 8, 2007: The plann action will enter unto the next phase provided, a genuinely satisfying response is not supplied in the first case.
The a month long second phase involves more aggressive and direct action-oriented moves. Tibetans are to organise series of wide ranging activities, which also involves confronting overseas Chinese representatives and consular offices and IOC members while limiting the actions within non-violent peaceful approach based on truthful passives resistance.
Any time after August 8, a mass action plan involving several thousands of Tibetans will be brought together to form a mass Tibetan movement similar to the March 10 uprising of 1959 in Lhasa where thousands of Tibetans voluntarily came out in street to safeguard their leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and proclaimed Tibet’s freedom.
2009 will mark complete 50 years of brutal occupation of Tibet by Communist China, since the Communist troops first marched into Tibet in late 1949.
“Our freedom campaign should now wear and assume a new perspective, a new dimension resulting in new and far-reaching consequences, Mr Kelsang told the Tibetan media here.
“In the road leading up to 2008 summer games, should Tibetans fail to seize the moment, there is every reason to believe that our struggle will lose its vigour and aggressiveness following the presumed success of the game,” TYC’s president said while adding “This can result in the downfall of our determination for our freedom struggle if we miss the opportunity.”
“To keep our freedom struggle growing and to take it to a new viable height, and to keep the freedom flame alive, Olympic games can be a good proving platform” he asserts. “We must not miss this opportunity,” he adds.
“The whole strategic plan will involve huge expenses, and TYC will have to bear it” Mr Kelsang approves.