Forty five years ago, in 1959, the communist country of China swept into Tibet in a full invasion. During the invasion, which had only begun to occur 10 years earlier, over 1 million Tibetans of all ages, genders and religions were killed, tortured or imprisoned.
The majority of Tibet is and has been a Buddhist, nonviolent country since Buddhism came to Tibet during the 7th century A.D. The invasion and slaughter took place with almost no resistance from the Tibetan people. In addition to the abuse of the people, the Chinese plundered Tibet’s treasures of ancient statues of gold and silver.
Today the presence of the Chinese continues to ruin not only the Tibetan people but also the land and resources.
Many of the precious forests have been destroyed, most of the famous crystal caves have been mined out and collapsed, and the rivers which supply local residents with water have become the home for industrial garbage and toxic waste.
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Construction is under way for a railroad running from China into Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, to transport a portion of China’s population into Tibet, making Tibetans a minority within their own land.
The Chinese government has dictated that Tibet is an autonomous region, meaning that issues concerning Tibet’s internal ideals may be decided by the Tibetan people. However, all military and international issues of any kind will be decided by the Chinese government.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who the people view as their leader, has been exiled from Tibet. Unable to help his own country directly, he gathers international support to liberate Tibet from the Chinese. Tibet has suffered human rights abuse for over 50 years. Such will and courage should not be imprisoned. Help save Tibet!
” Jampal Namgyel of Carbondale is a native of Tibet and a ninth-grade boarding student at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. His parents live in Crestone.
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