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China to Celebrate Tibet's "liberation", Tibetans call it propaganda

January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009
Dharamsala, Jan. 11 – China will celebrate what it calls the "Serf Liberation Day to mark the defeat of the Tibetan National uprising in 1959", the official media Xinhua reported.
The exile Tibetans say it is more of a propaganda exercise and that the government is attempting to put salt on the Tibetan people's wound by celebrating their suffering, especially when the memories of March unrest and the killings are still fresh.
China claims it emancipated Tibetan serfs from the clutches of landlords and calls its invasion a “liberation” of Tibet.
Xinhua said a holiday to mark the "emancipation of millions of serfs and slaves" in Tibet will be decided on during a meeting of the region's legislature starting Wednesday.
A bill to decide on a holiday marking those events will be presented during the second annual session of the ninth Tibet Regional People's Congress, Xinhua said.
According to the report, Pang Boyong, deputy secretary general of the Tibetan regional congress standing committee, said the bill set forth by the Standing Committee of the regional people's congress is aimed at "reminding all the Chinese people, including Tibetans, of the landmark democratic reform initiated 50years ago."
Associated Press said in a report that its calls to reach Tibet regional people's congress went unanswered, and that two Tibetan government officials in Lhasa said they were unaware of the news.
Tibetans and supporters say that apart from some development works in urban areas, much of the rural Tibet still remains poor and backward. They say that the benefits of economic development have gone to members of the Han Chinese majority and not to the Tibetans.
Tibetans say the Chinese government implements policies to systematically destroy the Tibetan religion and culture.
Beijing demonizes the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and calls him ‘a wolf in a monk’s robes’ and says the Dalai Lama seeks to destroy China's sovereignty by pushing for independence for Tibet. However, the Dalai Lama has constantly said that he does not seek independence but a "genuine autonomy" for Tibet as enshrined in the Chinese constitution.
More than 200 Tibetans were killed following the widespread protests in Tibet last year. Exile Tibetans say thousands have been imprisoned on arbitrary charges, and many are being tortured in prisons.
With the Tibetans wowing to skip celebrations this year of the Tibetan New Year, reports are coming in that the authorities in China are deliberately encouraging the Tibetans in Tibet to celebrate the New Year for propaganda reasons.
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