By Tenzin Dharpo
Protestors from the _truth seeking volunteers' group at Dharamshala on March. 17, 2018. Phayul photo- Kunsang Gashon
DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 17: A group of Tibetans sat at the Gangchen Kyishong’s basketball court in the premises of the Central Tibetan Administration demanding impeachment of the incumbent President of the Central Tibetan Administration and Member of Parliament Tenpa Yarphel on “legal, ethical and moral” grounds. Around 70 people by the name of “Truth Seeking Volunteers” from various parts of India and US said that they are not associated with any organization or collectives.
The protest resembles that of a similar one held back in November when around 90 protestors called for a probe committee over the termination of the former North America representative Penpa Tsering. The leader of the group, Thinley Kelsang, told the media earlier this morning that the people feel that the incumbent President has exercised undue authority in the termination of the then NA rep. Penpa Tsering, and also misled the public over the row surrounding the 1.5 million USD loan from Tibet Fund.
Representative of the protestors, Thinley Kelsang from NYC speaking to the media on March. 17, 2018 at Dharamshala. Phayul photo
In response, the President said that the protestors are within their rights to protest although he refutes the allegations. “I have secured the mandate of the Tibetan people twice through elections and have carried the responsibilities accordingly. I concede that the protesters have the right to protest but I do not accept the allegations,” Dr. Sangay said. On March 10, the President said the protestors who do not agree with his cabinet’s decision can also bring him to court.
The group urged the ongoing parliamentary session “to be the true representatives of Tibetan people with clear understanding of one’s duty and promises made for Tibetans and thus implement the Article 29 of Tibetan Charter in replacing and the entire member of the 15th Kashag Administration,” the group stated in the release.
On the same issue, during the fourth day of the ongoing Tibetan parliament session on Saturday, Australasia MP Kyinzom Dhongdue said that she felt both President Sangay and former NA rep. Penpa Tsering did not handle the entire matter properly and that the trust deficit came from both side of the aisle.
The protestors also said that they have procured signatures from Tibetan people in Nepal calling for the termination of Kagyu legislator Tenpa Yarphel from the parliament, who the protestors say is guilty of “disrespecting and humiliating our state oracle Nechung”. While responding, Yarphel said, “I urge the protestors to look at the transcripts of the 4th parliamentary session where the matter regarding the secretary of the Dalai Lama trust attending private functions, was permanently settled. I do not know clearly about any other allegations,” Yarphel said ambiguously.
The “truth seeking volunteers” who will carry on the protest until March 24, have demanded for a probe committee to investigate the matter.