Today marks the 50th anniversary of His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s exile from Tibet.
Tibetans and their supporters marked the anniversary of their failed uprising against Chinese rule with rallies around the globe as The Dalai Lama delivered a harsh and blistering attack on the Chinese government during a speech today in Dharamsala, India, (the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile), in reaction to “a new clampdown by China on the Tibetan regions.”
During his speech, His Holiness said that the “Chinese government’s rule of Tibet ‘thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth.'” Although the tone of his speech was harsher than in the past, The Dalai Lama did not endorse calls for Tibetan independence, but said:
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. Fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetan people will enable China to achieve stability and unity. From our side, we are not making any demands based on history. Looking back at history, there is no country in the world today, including China, whose territorial status has remained forever unchanged, nor can it remain unchanged.
Via The Lede:
In the U.S. on Monday, a lawmaker “introduced a resolution to Congress that would urge China to end its “repression” of the Himalayan region.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime supporter of Tibet, vowed that Congress would “overwhelmingly” approve the bill on the anniversary on Tuesday.
“The situation in Tibet challenges the conscience of the world,” Pelosi told Tibetans and their supporters inside the US Capitol.
“If freedom-loving people do not speak out for human rights in China and Tibet, then we lose the moral authority to talk about it in any other place in the world,” she said to loud applause.
The Dalai Lama has events scheduled in the U.S. in late April and early May.