Reports leaking out of Tibet have been painting a picture of increasing repression. Buddhists in Syracuse have joined in daily prayers for the well being of Tibetan Buddhists caught in the turmoil of the increasingly dangerous situation in Tibet. The Tibet Post International has reported “China’s Paradise On Earth in Tibet, Now Under Inhuman Repression.” China has been called on to end its inhuman and repressive policies in Tibet by the Tibetan parliament in exile, with a statement that all Chinese “policies and programs apart from inhuman political repression are aimed at destroying the identity of the Tibetan people and exploitation of Tibet’s rich natural resources.”
This has followed three separate incidents in the past week that reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least ten Tibetans and injured over one hundred. Mr. Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan parliament in exile, said at a press conference that “despite PRC’s claim of having created a paradise on earth in Tibet in the last 52 years, the growing frustration of Tibetans against the Chinese policies and programs aimed at the annihilation of Tibet’s unique identity were reflected in the demonstrations by the Tibetans in Tibet in the late 1980’s that continues to this day.”
In a letter from the Tibetan Parliament to Chinese President Hu Jintao it has been stated “As President of PRC, you have professed harmonious relationships between nationalities as one of the cardinal principles of nation building. However, what you said and what is implemented is self contradictory. You very well know that Harmony can be built only through mutual understanding and truth and not through brute force and repression.” The response of Jintao to this letter remains uncertain as tensions continue to mount in Tibet.
Mandel News Service