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Seven questions for the Dalai Lama (2)
14:10, March 27, 2009  

Second question: Was it a "peaceful uprising against repression" launched by Tibetan reactionary forces in 1959?

50 years ago, on March 10, Tibet's upper-class reactionary group led by the Dalai Lama launched an armed rebellion in fear of losing their ruling status and to resist Democratic Reform. Right after the quick failure of the armed rebellion, the Dalai Lama escaped to India and established the so-called "interim government." During the March 10, 50th anniversary gathering of the so-called "Tibetan people's peaceful uprising against Communist China's repression in Tibet" the Dalai Lama beautified the armed rebellion 50 years ago and termed it a "peaceful uprising against repression."

Although the Dalai Lama has repeatedly denied it, the three letters he wrote at that time reveal the historical truth of the so-called "peaceful uprising". After armed rebellion broke out in Lhasa on March 10, 1959, the Dalai Lama wrote three letters to officials of the People's Liberation Army stationed in Tibet on March 11, 12 and 16. The letters read, "The reactionary bad elements are carrying out activities that are endangering me, they are using the excuse of protecting my safety. I am trying to suppress their actions." "The illegal activities of the reactionary group saddened me. I am now going to all lengths to cope with these events that were provoked to drive a wedge between the Central Government and the local government under the excuse of protecting my safety."

Fifty years later, however, the Dalai Lama has gone back on his words and distorted the facts, saying that these "evildoers" and "reactionary groups," which he had once firmly recognized, were forced to do that and the armed rebellion was only a "peaceful uprising against repression". This tramples on the beautiful word of peace.

Lhagpa Phuntshogs, Director-General of the CTRC, said that representatives of the rebels held a meeting on March 10, 1959, where they decided to launch the "Tibetan independence" campaign. On March 13, the headquarters of the reactionary forces gave an order in the name of the "people's congress of the independent state of Tibet" that, "in order to fight against the Communist Party and win the armed struggle for Tibetan independence, all men, from 18 to 60 years old, must rush to Lhasa without delay, carrying their own weapons, ammunition and food." On March 20, rebels launched an armed offensive against the Lhasa-based Party, government and military organs, enterprises and public institutions.

The upper-level reactionaries in Tibet began with betraying the people of Tibet and ended up being abandoned by the Tibetan people and Chinese people of all other ethnicities. The People's Liberation Army had won a total victory by putting down the rebellion in Lhasa within only two days. On March 28, the State Council issued an order which dissolved the local Tibetan government, authorized the Preparatory Committee for the Tibet Autonomous Region to perform the functions of the local Tibetan government, and ordered Military Area Command to thoroughly put down the rebellion. With that, the mission of putting down the rebellion was accomplished in less than two years.

The three letters written by the Dalai Lama at that time completely reveal the historical truth of the so-called "Tibetan people's peaceful uprising against Communist China's repression in Tibet." The attitude that the Dalai Lama holds today is totally different from the opinion he held about the rebellion at the time.

By People's Daily Online

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