NOT OUR DEMAND
Source: Nepali Times
Interview with Dolma Chomo in Nepal, 11 May
The Nepal-Tibet Solidarity Forum has been coordinating the Tibetan protests in Kathmandu. Dolma Chomo, the leader of the forum, is also a member of the Tibetan government in exile.
What is the movement’s main aim?
Let me make this clear to everyone. Contrary to what’s being said in the media, we are not leading a separatist movement. We are not saying that Tibet should not be a part of China. We know that more than 90 percent of Tibetans are happy being part of China. Our protests are against some of the policies that the Chinese government has in Tibet. We will protest until our demands have been met.
But in Kathmandu you hear “free Tibet” everywhere. There was even an attempt to burn the Chinese flag.
We are not calling for a Free Tibet. Yes, during our movement, some incensed groups may have raised that demand, and some unintended incidents have also taken place. But the police and government have flared up the peaceful movement with their violent suppression of it. Even amongst ourselves, there are people who hold different views. But our fight, as a movement, is for an autonomous Tibet.
One simple word will do the work – FREAKING LIARS!
Who’s agenda is “Free Tibet” in reality ? Does it not become clearer than this? When the Tibetans themselves claim that “Free Tibet” is not their agenda, why the hell others are making it theirs?
I know a lot of people (Nepali, Bideshi, Bloggers, Friends) who keep “Free Tibet” in their MSN signature, wear Tshirts, write blogs, burn “Free Tibet” candles in Facebook(what?) – what a waste!