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Exile Tibetan leader condemns China’s colonial policy at uprising anniversary

President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration speaking on Mar 10 during the commemoration at Dharamshala, India, marking the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising.  (Photo courtesy: DIIR)
President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration speaking on Mar 10 during the commemoration at Dharamshala, India, marking the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising. (Photo courtesy: DIIR)

(TibetanReview.net, Mar11, 2018) – Amid continuing deterioration in human rights and assault on cultural identity, China has been relentlessly colonizing Tibet with a massive population transfer policy, President Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration has suggested on Mar 10 during the commemoration at Dharamshala, India, marking the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising. The chief guest for the commemoration function, held at the Tsuglakhang, was Mr George Baker, an MP from the Anglo-Indian community belonging to the BJP.

“In less than five years there has been an influx of 25,000 ethnic Chinese migrants into Gongkar district alone in Lhoka and have taken over most of the local business and employment opportunities,” he has told the gathering, citing a letter he has spoken of having recently received from Tibet.

And he has continued, “If such is the case in a small district like Gongkar, it is unimaginable to think of the situation in cities such as Lhasa, Tsethang, Shigatse, and Chamdo.”

He has said that while the Chinese government speaks of development and investment in Tibet, it has never revealed the data of Chinese migration and settlement in the 74 districts in TAR and other parts of Tibet.

He has said such demographic dominance remained the root cause of resistance and instability in Tibet.

He has said that to make China of the Tibetan territory and Chinese of its Tibetan people, Beijing has, for more than fifty years, renamed ancient Tibetan mountains, rivers, and places in Chinese. “Signboards are mandated in Chinese and even Tibetan people are incentivized to marry Chinese and take Chinese names,” he has said.

He has called for dialogue with China and unity among Tibetans for the success of the ongoing struggle, calling Dolgyal followers also a subversive force.

More than a thousand Tibetans and supporters were stated to have attended the function.

Five Tibetan organizations, namely the Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Students for a Free Tibet, the National Democratic Party of Tibet and the GU-CHU-SUM (an organisation of former political prisoners from Chinese ruled Tibet), took out a march from the Tsuglakhang to downtown police ground over several kilometers at the conclusion of the official function.

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