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  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Updated: 4:02pm

Exiled Tibetan prime minister says ‘total repression’ by Beijing is fostering resentment

Lobsang Sangay and senior exiles including the Dalai Lama renew push for “Middle Way” of peaceful autonomy within China after a four-year hiatus

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 June, 2014, 3:55pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 June, 2014, 4:52pm

The prime minister of Tibet’s government-in-exile accused Chinese authorities on Thursday of blanket repression in the Himalayan region as he launched a new campaign for autonomy in his homeland.

“There is total repression and total discrimination” in Tibet, Lobsang Sangay said at his government’s headquarters in northern India.

“All this repression is making Tibetans more resentful of the Chinese government’s policies and towards the Chinese government and various forms of protests are taking place.”

The prime minister was speaking as he and other senior exiles, including the Dalai Lama, gathered to renew their push for a “Middle Way” of peaceful autonomy within China after a four-year hiatus.

US President Barack Obama and other Western leaders have called on Beijing to resume talks with the Dalai Lama’s envoys on autonomy that broke down in 2010 after making no headway.

The prime minister, who took over from the Dalai Lama as the political leader of the Tibetan cause in 2011, said it was vital to counter what he called a “misinformation campaign” by Beijing.

“With the ‘Middle Way’ approach campaign, we are trying to engage the international community – young people, diplomats, media, people from all walks of life across different nations – to counter the Chinese government’s misinformation campaign about the policy,” he said.

Beijing has ruled Tibet since 1951, a year after invading.

It has already dismissed the renewed push for the “Middle Way” approach, which would include handing Tibetans decision-making positions in the region.

The launch comes after the Dalai Lama, who remains the spiritual leader of Tibetans, called for democracy in China and offered prayers for the Tiananmen Square victims on the 25th anniversary of the crackdown in Beijing.


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Jonathan Smith
Lobsang Sangay and Tibetan exiles including the God King the Dalai Lama represents the 5% of Tibetans slave owners that lost their nobility and slave owning privileges when China abolished slave ownership in Tibet in the 1950s. So when the prime minister of Tibet’s government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay accuse Chinese authorities of “total repression and total discrimination” in Tibet he is partially right since it applies to the old slave owning privileges of the old Tibet. For the other 95% of Tibetans who we set free from a brutal slave system, certainly there is no repression or discrimination. So the Tibetan exiles who cannot accept the loss of their unlawful privileges are unhappy with the new Tibet which have progressed a lot since the liberation of Tibet from the total repression by the slave owners.


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