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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

SFT India concludes leadership training

November 5, 2009

November 2, 2009

Dharamsala, Nov. 2 -- After four days of
intensive workshops, talks, and discussions,
Students for a Free Tibet India concluded its
Leadership Training that was attended by 22
participants representing different places
including Bangalore, Mundgod, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkatta and Dharamsala.

"We Tibetans need to sharpen our understanding
and practice of strategic nonviolent action,"
said Tenzin Choeying, National Director of SFT
India, which organized the training camp. "With
this leadership training, we aim to bring the
skills of nonviolent activism to future and
current leaders of the Tibetan freedom struggle.
Our goal is to produce hundreds of Tibetans who
are strategic planners, articulate spokespersons
and effective organizers in our movement."

Students for a Free Tibet has been known for
providing leadership training to hundreds of
young Tibetans and supporters in the last 15
years in various countries such as United States, Germany, Canada and India.

Pemba Bhutia, a journalism student from Kolkatta,
recalls, "The training was not only about
educating us, it was also about boosting our
self-confidence and sharpening our leadership skills."

"I learned a lot of new things during the four
days at the camp. Non violence does not mean non
action as many people seem to think. There are
many different ways one can use non violence in a
struggle and I realized that through this camp,"
says Sonam Tenzin, a monk of Jhangtse monastery.

"It's my pleasure to be of any help to the
struggle," says Lobsang, better known as Lobsang
Army, a core member of SFT India whose many
responsibilities as a key volunteer included
electrifying the entire campsite. "Seeing young
Tibetans educating and training themselves in the
art of nonviolent resistance gives me great hope that Tibet will be free."

The final day of the camp also marked the
official handing over of SFT’s reins by Lhadon
Tethong to Tenzin Dorjee who is the new executive
director of the organization that led several
protests last year in Beijing against the Olympics 2008.
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