Chinese government is the most brutal regime on this planet: CTA

Tibetan Youth Congress activists stage a protest outside the Embassy of China to condemn the 7oth anniversary celebrations of founding of the People’s Republic of China, in New Delhi, India, on 1 October 2019.

Tibetan Youth Congress activists stage a protest outside the Embassy of China to condemn the 7oth anniversary celebrations of founding of the People’s Republic of China, in New Delhi, India, on 1 October 2019. IANS

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 1 October 2019

As China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its rule on Tuesday with pomp and pageantry, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in a scathing diatribe called China ‘the most brutal regime on this planet’.

The critical remarks released by the Central Tibetan Administration pointed out that the Chinese government has induced a massive transfer of Chinese population into Tibet, causing a demographic onslaught as well as destruction of the fragile ecology on the Tibetan plateau.

With China’s policies of eradicating Tibetan national identity, targeting their language, religion, and culture, the Tibetans have equated the Chinese rule in Tibet with ‘cultural genocide’.

“Severe restrictions of basic human freedoms, arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detentions, torture, and unnatural deaths have all become the hallmarks of Chinese rule in Tibet,” the release said.

The human rights situation in Tibet continues to be grim. The 153 self-immolations by Tibetans since 2009 in protest against repressive Chinese policies stand as a stark contrast to the Chinese propaganda of a happy life of “emancipated” Tibetan people.

The CTA condemned the ongoing destruction in the Larung Gar and Yarchen Gar religious complexes, where monks and nuns from these monasteries and nunneries were forcibly evicted, and indoctrination and intimidation of monks and nuns is common.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who led the CTA till 2011, earlier advocated for an independent Tibet, but since the late 70s sought autonomy for Tibet through what has became to be known as the ‘Middle-way approach’. Through this, Tibetans are now asking to have self-rule, rather than outright independence.

In recent times, China has been talking about choosing their own next 15th Dalai Lama. Responding to this, the CTA release said that China’s meddling and manipulating of the centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist tradition of reincarnation for their own political gains will be a futile exercise as it will not have any legitimacy.

Free Tibet, a Tibet support organisation based in London, reported that security across Tibet has been stepped up in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

Six Tibetans have been arrested in Nagchu, central Tibet, on 20 September, after they refused to take part in official events to mark the occasion.

The six defied instructions to wave Chinese flags, sing patriotic songs, and praise the ruling Chinese Communist Party in the run-up to the 70th anniversary.

To ensure that the celebrations proceed smoothly, large numbers of police and military personnel have been deployed across the Tibetan areas. Security checks, surveillance, and search operations have been stepped up.

Tibetans have been ‘asked’ by authorities to join in the celebration events. Tibetan homes, schools, monasteries, and restaurants have been required to display large Chinese flags and banners praising the Communist Party.

Footage obtained by Free Tibet last week showed monks performing a choreographed song and dance routine at Galden Jampaling Monastery in Chamdo. Large Chinese flags and images of the Communist leaders have been posted everywhere around the monastery.

In the Indian capital of Delhi, around 50 members of Tibetan Youth Congress have staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy on the 70th anniversary. They shouted anti-China slogans, and distributed leaflets that said, “It is a celebration of 70 years of violence, lies, and oppression against the people of Tibet, East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.”

All the protesters were later detained by the police.

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