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Tibetan refugees in Nepal speak out about China violence

April 9, 2008

Radio Australia, Australia
April 8, 2008 20:15:33

Tibetan refugees in central Nepal have watched the unfolding violence in
Tibet with a mixture of pain and sadness.

Presenter: Ron Corben

Speaker: D. Wangyal, a representative for the Tibetan refugee community
in Nepla's Pokhara community.

CORBEN: Pokhara township, some five hours drive from Kathmandu, lies at
the foothills to the Annapurna Mountain Range. It is also home to
thousands of Tibetan refugees, many of whom have lived in the
settlements almost all their lives since they or their parents fled
Tibet in 1959.

D. Wangyal, a representative for the Tibetan refugee community in
Pokhara community says they watch with deep concern and anguish the
unfolding events in Tibet over recent weeks. He accuses the Chinese
government of misleading the international community.

WANGYAL: the international community had been misled by the Chinese so
many times over the 60 years. They dramatise, they understate such
episodes and they try to blame the Tibetan government in exile and
particularly his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Who's to blame? Over the last
60 years instead of winning the hearts of the Tibetans they have been
oppressing at gun point with oppressions, who's to blame?

CORBEN: The Tibetans also discounted that the recent protests were
linked to China's hosting the Summer Olympic Games. D. Wangyal says
Chinese policy and the recent protests should not be seen as isolated

WANGYAL: If I say that the recent genocide, revolt, crackdown,
clampdown, if we look at this isolatedly we might say that this has
happened in the year 2008 in March but that is not so. It's the
continuation of the resentment of the Tibetan people against the Chinese
- not because Tibetans dislike Chinese but because the Chinese treated
all Tibetans to hate them over the last 60 years.

CORBEN: While the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dali Lama remains the key
in dealing with both the Chinese Government and maintaining unity within
the Tibetan communities, there are also signs of increasing frustration
Beijing has taken advantage of the Dalai Lama's non-violent approach to
reaching settlement with the Chinese authorities.

D. Wangyal believes a new referendum should be held within the Tibetan
community to judge the best way forward.

WANGYAL: This is high time because the "middle path" many Tibetans did
obey his Holiness the Dalai Lama because his vision is for the
betterment of the Chinese as well as the Tibetans. But from the Chinese
side they don't look at it from that angle so they think the Dalai Lama
is very clever. So it has misfired. Now it's time that he should ask for
a referendum - what approach we should adopt. Most of the opinions would
be for complete independence. International support would be different.
At the moment it's been divided.

CORBEN: I also spoke with a senior Lama from a nearby monastery who did
not want to be identified. He also raised doubts over the strategy
adopted by the Dalai Lama.

LAMA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given up the demand for complete
independence of Tibet and as promised by Deng Zao Ping he has sent six
or seven delegations to find a peaceful solution to the Tibetan problem.
And so far nothing concrete has been attained. So far there has not been
any fruitful results which has compelled the Tibetan monks and the
Tibetan people to be very frustrated and angry over the issue.

CORBEN: What would you like to see as the role of the monasteries in
Tibet in this current situation and given the frustrations of the
ordinary Tibetan people?

LAMA: Actually this kind of protest and the violence is not needed and
such things are very unnecessary but we need to protest against the
Chinese, we need to fight for our rights otherwise we will not get what
we want in life.
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