China celebrates 50 years of oppression

One of the floats at the TAR parade
One of the floats at the TAR parade
10th September 2015

Meanwhile Tibetans continue to resist and show their devotion to the Dalai Lama

Tibetans forced to celebrate

September marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and China marked it with a 14,000 word report on Tibet’s “progress” and an extravagant parade in Lhasa.

TAR is a fraction of historical Tibet, which Communist China has illegally occupied since 1950.

The procession took place in front of the Potala Palace (historical home of the Dalai Lamas) and featured marching ranks of China’s soldiers and floats depicting various propaganda scenes of China “freeing Tibet”.

The Communist Party announced that it will distribute gifts (including potraits of Mao and Xi Jinping) to Tibetans and Tibetan monasteries which have “helped to maintain peace” and been “models for others to look up to”.

A senior Communist Party politician told the large crowd gathered that the people of China were “steadfastly engaged in a struggle against separatism” and accused the Dalai Lama of “splittist and sabotage activities”.

Away from this gaudy celebration Tibetans continue to bravely resist China’s illegal occupation of their country.

Solo protests continue in Ngaba

A day after Lobsang Kalsang’s protest (9 September) another young Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County carried out a solo protest.

Images of 21-year-old Jampel Gyatso’s protest show him holding a large portrait of the Dalai Lama and witnesses say he called for “freedom in Tibet”.

He was subsequently arrested by China’s police.

Like many of the recent protesters in Ngaba, Jampel Gyatso was from Meruma Village.

China claims disappeared Tibetan “living a normal life”

20 years after the disappearance of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, the world’s youngest political prisoner, who was recognised by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, China claims that he is living a normal life and does not wish to be disturbed.

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