Tibetan exiles criticise China for ‘Serf Liberation Day’March 27th, 2009 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, March 27 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile Friday expressed concern over the situation in Tibet and criticised China for declaring the “provocative” new Serf Liberation Day holiday in the region Saturday.
According to Chinese official, the day commemorates the elimination of centuries of serfdom after the departure of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
“China’s decision to observe Serf Emancipation Day is aggravating problems in Tibet. Tibetans consider this observance offensive and provocative,” said a statement of the government-in-exile, based in this north Indian hill station.
“We believe the observance of ‘Serf Emancipation Day’ is aimed at destabilising and creating chaos in Tibet… If the Tibetans, losing their patience, took to the streets in protest, the Chinese leaders will have the excuse to use even more brutal force to crackdown.”
“If the serfs are happy with their emancipation, why are they risking lives and limbs to protest Chinese rule in Tibet?” asked the statement.
Sonam N. Dagpo, secretary, international affairs of the government-in-exile, told IANS that the situation in Tibet is quite tense, with the Chinese authorities stepping up security and declaring most of the areas off limits to foreigners, including media.
Nearly six million Tibetans live in the Tibet region of China while over 150,000 live in other countries, most of them in India.
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