Join our Mailing List

"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Ready to depart, the "return march" of the Tibetan exiles

March 6, 2008

AsiaNews.it, Italy

They want to cross - without permission - the border between India and
China, in connection with the Olympics, to denounce before the world
the repressive Chinese occupation. One of the organisers recounts the
details.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) - Hundreds of Tibetans are ready for the imminent
"return march" from India to Tibet, to protest against the Beijing
Olympics.  One of the organisers reveals the details to AsiaNews.  The
unknown factor is what the border police will do.

Tenzin Choeying, president of the group Students for a Free Tibet,
explains that the symbolic march will depart "the morning of March 10
[the anniversary of the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959] from
Mcloedganj, Dharamshala [headquarters of the exiled Tibetan
government], with at least 100 persons from various parts of India,
and many monks and nuns.  The monks will lead the march, and we will
carry the national flag of Tibet and other banners on the struggle for
a free Tibet and on the violations of human rights, as well as calling
for dialogue between the Chinese government and His Holiness the Dalai
Lama".

The march is organised by five Tibetan groups in exile, which have not
asked for permission from  the Indian government, nor from the Tibetan
government in exile, nor from the Dalai Lama, "because we are
refugees, and all refugees have the right to return to their own
country, as sanctioned by the charter of human rights.  No one can
stop us.  We want to show the world, and China, that even after 50
years Tibetans want to return to their motherland and to live in a
free and independent Tibet, governed by Tibetans".

"We want to cross the border in August, in conjunction with the
Olympics in Beijing.  We base ourselves on the principles of
non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi.  We want to attract international
attention to our situation" and "to remind the Chinese leaders that
the Tibetan question must be resolved".

"China", he continues, "wants to use the Olympics to legitimise its
occupation of Tibet.  It will hold parades with Tibetan costumes
together with those of other occupied countries, like Mongolia and
Xingjiang, to demonstrate Chinese unity.  But we want to participate
as an independent nation.  China also wants to use the games to cover
up its violations of human rights. But we want to steal the show and
expose the true repressive face of the Chinese regime".  "We want to
combat China's control over Tibet and mark the beginning of the end of
its domination".

Tenzin does not speak of what he thinks the Chinese border police will
do.  He may be convinced that, with the eyes of the world on them,
they will have to let the marchers through.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
Developed by plank