By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 10 March 2015
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of the exile Tibetans, lamented the current situation of Tibetans in Tibet in his annual 10 March address on the Tibetan Uprising Day.
He described how Tibetans have survived one state-sponsored disaster after another, and the current increased restrictions by Chinese authorities in Tibet. He also expressed concern over how the Chinese policies have reduced the ability of the Tibetan people to preserve their culture and identity.
Sangay said that the rhetoric coming out of China today is that Tibetans have become their own masters.
“To make this rhetoric a reality, we urge the Chinese leadership to let Tibetans govern Tibet. As China plans to observe the 50th anniversary of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), hardliners in Beijing should heed that repression will only generate resentment.”
Sangay said that his administration is fully committed to the Middle Way Approach of not seeking separation from China but genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people.
Tibetans around the world commemorate the 56th anniversary of the 10 March 1959 uprising in Tibet — when hundreds of thousands of Tibetans protested Chinese invasion of Tibet that led to the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in India.
Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Penpa Tsering, said: “… the situation in Tibet had continued to remain critical. Given this background, we would again like to make an emphatic call on the Chinese leadership to implement a policy of seeking truth from facts and of being true to their own words in addressing the situation in Tibet.”
“There is absolutely no change in our resolve to seek a negotiated solution through the middle way approach, which is mutually beneficial to China and Tibet, as a part of our efforts to resolve the current critical situation in Tibet and the wider issue of Tibet. We would therefore like to reiterate our call on the leadership of the People’s Republic of China to give up engaging in a blame game and, instead, make use of the opportune moment today to enter into a peaceful Sino-Tibetan negotiation with the urgency the issue deserves.”
The chief guest for the occasion Claudia Roth, Vice-President of the Bundestag (German Parliament), urged the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the envoys of the Dalai Lama for genuine autonomy in Tibet.
Tibetans and their supporters later marched down to Dharamshala shouting slogans in support of Tibet and freedom from oppression.