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Rangzen Alliance, Switzerland -- Jamyang Norbu

June 28, 2010

Shadow Tibet
June 24, 2010

I was in Switzerland at the beginning of this
month and gave a slideshow and talk at Zurich on
Saturday the 5th, "Was Tibet an Independent and
Sovereign State?," based on my essay Independent
Tibet -- The Facts, but with a more polemical
title. The talk was well attended by Tibetans. In
fact the auditorium was packed full, and there was a good Q & A session.

The talk had been organized by Tibetans in
Switzerland who wanted to start a Rangzen
Alliance group in that country. Before my talk I
had a long meeting with these volunteers, and at
the conclusion of my public talk I announced the
formation of Rangzen Alliance, Switzerland. The
newly designated president of RA-Switzerland,
Rinchen Dorjee also spoke, emphasizing the
importance of the goal of rangzen for all
Tibetans. He pointed out how activists and
intellectuals inside Tibet were expressing their
desire for freedom and independence, at the risk
of imprisonment, torture and even their lives.
Other selected office bearers were Christophe
Besuchet and Tsering Dolkar Gyangsar.  Other
initial members were Tsering Rakra, Ganden
Blatner and Deki Tethong. The Rangzen Alliance
has, since its inception been a somewhat loose
knit organization, but members in Switzerland
clearly wanted a more structured unit locally.

At the first meeting it was decided that
RA-Switzerland, besides working to fulfill the
three goals of the Alliance, should undertake to
provide every possible support to all rangzen
activism taking place inside Tibet and also
support the rangzen work of such exile
organizations as the Tibetan Youth Congress, the
Students for a Free Tibet and others, as well as
individuals and ad hoc groups undertaking
projects and actions to further the rangzen effort.

On behalf of all members of the Rangzen Alliance
I would like to wish RA-Switzerland our full,
unstinting and unwavering comradeship in our
united struggle for the cause of Tibetan independence.
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