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Proposal for setting "Serfs Emancipation Day" wins supports
09:42, January 15, 2009  

A proposal set forth by the Standing Committee of Tibet People's Congress, which suggests to set a date for commemoration of emancipation of millions of serfs and slaves in Tibet 50 years ago after the central government quelled an armed rebellion led by the Dalai Lama and his aristocratic supporters, stirred a wide discussion and won supports from representatives of the TAR two sessions.

The 2nd Session of the 9th Tibet Autonomous Region People's Congress was held on January 14, in Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

"I was a serf before 1959, and as one of the serfs who emancipated from miserable life, I support to set up a date for the landmark day," said Trelek Dorje, party secretary of the Tibet Ethnic Academy of Xianyang, Shaanxi Province as well as representative of TAR People's Congress.

Enormous changes have taken place in the past 50 years in politics, culture, society and other aspects, Tibetan people who used to work for their slave owners, have become the master of their life and enjoy all kinds of rights and freedom, said Pang Boyong, deputy secretary-general of the regional congress standing committee, while criticizing the Dalai Lama and his supporters for organizing sabotages and trying holding back the socialism progress of Tibet.

To set up the date is good for the youth to understand history and publicize patriotism, said Pang.

On March 10, 1959, the Dalai Lama and his supporters in the upper ruling class staged an armed rebellion against the central government with assistance from some western powers, and the People's Liberation Army swiftly quelled the rebellion and later introduced a democratic reform to overthrow the feudal serfdom and abolished its hierarchic social system characterized by theocracy.

Source:China Tibet Information Center

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