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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day of Tibet

Today at many parts of the world has been designated as Day of Tibet or Tibet Day.

This must-read timely news article in WAtoday is written by Matt Wade, Dharamsala explains why:
HALF a century after being forced into exile, the Dalai Lama has cast aside his conciliatory "middle way" approach to China and accused the communist Government of putting his people through "hell on earth".
It's about time, but better late than never!
. . . the Tibetan spiritual leader accused Beijing of "repressive and violent campaigns" that had killed hundreds of thousands of Tibetans and destroyed the region's cultural and natural heritage.

"These 50 years have brought untold suffering and destruction to the land and the people of Tibet," he said.

The Dalai Lama said that over five decades Tibetans had been thrust into such hardship that "they literally experienced hell on earth".
Here are some historical backgrounds and facts on what this is all about according to this article "Fifty Years to this day: Paradise lost"
  • On October 7, 1950, 40,000 troops of the People's Liberation Army led by Lui Bocheng, the one-eyed general and his political commissar Deng Xiaoping crossed the Yangtze river, and smashed the weak Tibetan defenses.
  • Less than a year later in Beijing, some Tibetan delegates signed a '17-Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet' (the Dalai Lama later asserted that it was done 'under duress').
  • the Chinese government promised that the status of the Dalai Lama will remain unchanged and unwanted reforms will be not be imposed on Tibet. 'The Local Government of Tibet should carry out reforms of its own accord' was the promise. The promises would never be kept.
  • The situation deteriorated further in 1959, during the night of March 17, the young Tibetan leader secretly fled his palace for India.
  • According to the Tibetan government in exile, over 86,000 Tibetans in Central Tibet were killed by the Chinese during this period.
  • The Dalai Lama finally crossed into India on March 31, 1959. He was immediately granted asylum by Nehru's government.
Here's a view of Dalai Lama and his entourage on their way to India in 1959.

The Commie regime will not be there too much longer, Tibetan people will be around forever!

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