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"Tibet Today, Status of Freedom Struggle" Debate in New York City

May 26, 2008

May 25, 2008

New York, May 24 - To observe the Black Day in Tibetan History, RTYC
NY & NJ organized a discussion on "Tibet Today, Status of Freedom
Struggle". Mr. Tenzin Sangpo, a former political prisoner from Tibet,
explained the 17 Point Agreement briefly.

RTYC President stressed the invalidity of this document. This
agreement was later burned in public to show that it is not accepted
by Tibetans.

"Tibet Today, Status of Freedom Struggle" debate was a big success.
More than 500 local Tibetans in New York City attended the event
moderated by Zurkhang Karma Gyatso and organized by RTYC, NY & NJ

Kasur Lobsang Nyendak la opened the stage with the explanation of the
Tibetan Govt. in Exile's dealing with the Communist Regime in a
chronological order. He strongly supported the Tibetan Government's
stand. He said he has a great hope for the forthcoming seventh round
of talk between Beijing and Dharamsala.

This was followed by Jamyang Norbu who stood firmly for the
Independence. He opened his piece with the brief narration of how
fiercely the Tibetan Army in the eastern Tibet had defended Tibet in
Oct, 1950, thereby clarifying the misconception that Tibetans had not
fought enough against the Chinese Invasion.

He doubts if the Tibetan Govt. has done any serious study or research
on the Chinese's Negotiation practice. He cited many instances where
western Businessmen couldn't get anything out of negotiation with
China. Unlike others , Chinese Government's diplomacy of conducting
the Negotiation is to win all and give none. He mentioned a case of
coming across a newspaper from Hong Kong that Deng Xiaoping has
actually said if Tibetans are asking for an Independent Tibet, then
there is nothing to talk about. So he wonders if this was
misinterpreted by the Tibetans and started to think of the middle way approach.

Dr. Lobsang Sangay took the academic position and explained how Non
Violent Movement can be effective. He said Unity, Strategy and
Discipline are the core of any successful non violent movement. He
quoted some information from a few seminars and workshops that he
attended. He stressed upon the fact that time and environment plays
an important role in the shaping of the politics. He cited several
examples about Gandhi's struggle in India, Nelson Mandela's in South
Africa. There were several non-violent movements carried out in the
world ­ such as the banging of utensils in Chile, switching off/on
the lights of one's homes in Saturday evening in Mexico. These acts
brought the downfall of each government in the respective country.
According to him the dress code also makes a big impact and it is
important that Tibetans should dress up properly while going for the
protest. He cited many instances with photos where rallies and
protest took importance of the proper dress code.

The debate ended with an interesting Q&A session.

Report by RTYC, NY & NJ.
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