Tibetan Freedom Aspirations
As mentioned by the AFP newswire, the Federation for a Democratic China sent a delegation to visit Tibetans in Dharamsala, India -- the headquarters of the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Government In Exile -- in support of observances upon the 50th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. The anniversary was marked on Tuesday this week.
On the AFP wire, "At least 30 members of the Federation for a Democratic China will join our peaceful programmes," said Sonam Dagpo, spokesman of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
A speech was given by Chin Jin, a senior Chinese dissident. CSN has obtained a copy of his remarks as prepared. What follows is that transcript in full:
Remarks of Chin Jin, Federation for a Democratic China, March 10 2009:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tibetan brothers and sisters, my fellow Chinese democrats from different parts of the world, and all those who are present today to express your sympathy and support, 10th March 1959 is an unforgettable day for Tibetans.
10 March 1959 was the day marked the beginning of the uprising in Lhasa and eventuated the flight of H.H. (His Holiness) the Dalai Lama into exile and his 80000 followers. Today is the 50th anniversary of that tragic day and we, the Chinese democracy activists, are here to demonstrate our sympathy to our Tibetan brothers and sisters who have long lost their homes. Tibetan brothers and sisters, we are here to give you our full support to your movement of Free Tibet.
We have got to be fully aware that the Chinese Communist Party and its despotic rule are the roots of all problems across China including Tibet. It is the misrule of CCP that attributed to the loss of homes of Tibetans and their spiritual leader H.H. the Dalai Lama into exile for half century. It is also the counter historical trend of the CCP as a huge obstacle in the way of Chinese people for achieving their liberty, human rights and dignity. So we should say, the CCP and its misrule is the common fatal enemy of both the Free Tibet movement and Chinese democratic movement.
It is obvious that the Communist China does not have genuine intentions when it refers to dialogues with representatives of H.H. the Dalai Lama about entering into an agreement of meaningful autonomy for Tibet. The tactics they adopt is only a cat-playing-with rat game, which deceives the international community and the West.
Tibetan brothers and sisters, you had a rich and distinct history, language, culture and spiritual tradition, all of which form valuable parts of the heritage of humanity, so you want meaningful autonomy to preserve them.
We want freedom and democracy, fairness and equality. We want a democratically elected government to govern China. This is the political aspiration of the Chinese democratic movement. Our goals are therefore totally consistent with yours.
But we’ve got to be coolheaded. Well-meaning imploring for a change of stony heart of the stubborn mindset of the Communist China leaders will achieve little or nothing. They will not walk into the garbage heap of history by themselves. They can only be driven out of the historical podium by the justice and progressive forces we can gather.
That is why we Chinese democracy activists of the Federation for a Democratic China and other Chinese democratic organizations came to Dharamsala last November seeking to strengthen the solidarity of the Movements of Free Tibet and Chinese democracy. That is why we make another trip to be here today to continue this political route to support your movement in the hope of also receiving your support to our noble cause - so as to garner an unstoppable momentum to reshape China.
Democratic China is the unique solution for solving the problems in China, and the key to the meaningful autonomy of Tibet. Can we divert from this common goal of us? No. we can’t.
Historical change should be what happening in China. Can we indifferently look on? No. we can’t.
Time and tides wait for no man. Can we shift this historical mission to our next generation? No. We can’t.
The people in China, Han Chinese, Tibetans and any other ethnic minorities, should decide to act now. The time is now, after waiting for a very long time of sixty years; it is time for a fundamental change in China.
That is what we revisit Dharamsala is all about. Let us all work together.