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China crushes Tibetan New Citizens Movement

The crackdown on the Tibetans has continued in China. News has recently leaked that China has crushed the Tibetan New Citizens Movement, reported the Tibetan Central Administration on Jan. 16, 2014. The group thought the new leadership in China would offer them an opportunity to move ahead with their cause, but were tragically disappointed to learn this would not be possible.

Tibetan protestors marching in New York City
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In May 2012 about 20 Tibetan activists gathered at an isolated guesthouse located on the outskirts of the capital. They left their cellphones behind them in order to avoid detection by the ruthless Chinese police. China’s first leadership change in a decade was fast approaching, and this group was horribly mistaken to believe Xi Jinping would offer them liberal reforms.

When China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, came to power that November, he vowed to stamp out corruption, while promoting judicial fairness and respect the Chinese Constitution. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama was mislead by these promises and at the time spoke of promise for new reforms under Xi Jinping. After taking a short time to consolidate his power the world is seeing Xi Jinping is keeping in the tradition of his Communist Chinese colleagues and is certainly not a liberal.

Perhaps for the wealthy and powerful Communist Chinese elite he has designs for reforms to help them get wealthier. For Tibetans, however, it's the same old story as a brutal crackdown continues in Tibet. The members of the New Citizens Movement saw this with pain in their hearts when the Chinese police moved in to arrest most of them.

Even the rights lawyer who organized the guesthouse meeting, Xu Zhiyong, now knows the true meaning of meeting head own with the power of the Communist Chinese when dealing with human rights issues. Xu Zhiyong was indicted last month for “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order” and he faces almost certain conviction. More lives of Buddhists with their dreams and lifetimes of hard studying and hard work to make something of themselves in this world have now been brutally crushed by the heartless Communist Chinese regime.

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