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Tashi Rabtens's letter
Tashi Rabtens's letter

I am Tibetan, therefore, I am not Chinese. As a Tibetan holding a Chinese passport, I want to shout out for the human rights and democracy of 1.3 billion people. Since I am a true Tibetan, I should even more shout out for us Tibetans, for our nation and freedom.

Today, I am going to go far away from this world, but I believe I may come closer to the one we Tibetans have faith in. We are destined to follow such a path to search for and retrieve what we have already lost, and what is further and further away from us: our own Tibetan homeland. We are destined to self-immolate in protest for being kept apart from our own faith and nation.

We want to follow our Rinpoche. We only choose a peaceful approach to solve the Tibet-China issue. For us Tibetans, what we absolutely don't want or wish for is a massacre such as the one that was carried out in 1958 by the Chinese troops, or the inhumane invasion of that time.

Similarly, we also don’t want to be accused of “beating, smashing and robbing”, as we were in 2008.

Except for the Han people in inland China, almost no one in the whole world believes that Tibetans “beat, smash and rob.”

Most Han people in China have been brainwashed, and this is an ongoing process since the establishment of the People's Republic of China. They are singing the ''Communist national anthem,'' holding the ''great leader'' in their hearts, and working hard for the ''Four Modernisations'' of China. Chinese people are having such thoughts for now and will be holding onto them.

In the year 2008, who really carried out ''Beating, smashing and robbing'' was no other than the armed forces and army sent by the Chinese government; in the whole of Tibet, they were the ones ''beating – smashing – robbing – killing''.

In that year, Chinese people criticised the Japanese ''Three Alls Policy'*, maybe this is an issue without foundation, maybe that sort of tragedy really happened, I can’t really say. In reality, being a Tibetan, between me and the Japanese people there is no historical enmity. I like Japanese people, I respect Japanese people.

However, the Chinese army in the whole of Tibet, and especially in each and every monastery, they really carried out this sort of policy.