By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 3: The leaders of the Tibetan Community Australia NSW Inc. has cancelled the annual commemorative gathering of Tibetans in Sydney, Australia on December 10, the anniversary of the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, citing fears of infighting among Tibetans over the invitation of the Tibetan President.
Days ago, the executive members of the Tibetan Community of Australia, New South Wales announced the cancellation of the event saying they received Wechat messages, calls and emails that threatened of protests against President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr. Lobsang Sangay as they were opposed to his decision to oust the former NA representative, among other things.
The leaders also said that there are many Tibetans who threaten to protest if the event is held without the Tibetan President.
A five-page announcement said that the executive members led by president Nigan had to cancel the event over the fear of infighting and potential confrontations that may malign the reputation of the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and cause concern for Tibetans inside Tibet.
While the executive leaders have told Tibet Sun
that the decision to cancel the event was taken together by the committee, Lhakpa Tshoko, the Representative of the Dalai Lama for Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia at the Tibet Information Office, Canberra, Australia, has issued a statement on Saturday saying that the decision was vetoed by community president Nigan and few other members of the committee who are known to be opposed to Sangay.
A Tibetan netizen from Australia, Sherab Dhondup, wrote on Facebook, “This is completely irresponsible and unilateral decision of 15th Tibetan community centre of NSW. This is nothing to do with whether you are in the favour of Syikyong or against. It is an act of disrespect for Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan people. This kind of personal emotional irrational activities in the name of Tibetan people should stop. So I personally condemn the decision made by 15th Tibetan community centre of NSW.”
The President of the exile Tibetan government, known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration is set to to attend the Thank You Australia Event in Canberra on December 5, as part of the yearlong ‘Thank You’ campaign by the CTA.