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Generations Rangzen // 13/07/2008  // Agnès DHERBEYS
L-Tashi, 31yo. Katmandu Dec 2008 “I am born in Amdo, which is not even part of the Chinese Autonomous Tibetan zone anymore. My parents are simple farmers. We were many at home, our conditions were harder and harder: financially, but also we had no freedom and we were forced to go to Chinese school. Now farmers have to leave in the valley, resettled by the Chinese government. People from areas around my ‘village’ have already been resettled. It should now happen soon to my family… Of course they can’t be farmers anymore, nor can they read or speak Chinese. They won’t find a new job, and they will become poorer. I went to Lhasa and worked for my father’s cousin for 6 months. I decided to escape with a group of 21 people. It cost me the equivalent of 5 months salary in Lhasa. Our guide couldn’t remember the way at some point. The border was so near! But we were lost… The night was so dark we decided to rest near a village. In the morning our leader told us to hurry and pack, that there was no time to eat. 6 people were coming towards us, and at first we thought they were robbers. In fact, there were Chinese police men in plain clothes… So we ran and ran, a monk and our guide managed to escape but most of the group was so exhausted by our walk through the Everest base camp that it was really difficult. The police started shooting at us. They boxed each of us, one by one, 19 of us. They changed us often of jail. We had to walk. Each time it was the same questions, the same bad conditions and no food at all the first 3 days. The prison was not big and we fast understood we were held into a specific center of detention for Tibetans, because previous Tibetans that had been arrested had written on the walls. There were so many letters! It was really encouraging. Eventually we were freed after almost 3 months, it was lucky because the Chinese government was then busy with one of their meeting: for those who are caught now, the time in jail is way longer. I think I have always had the will to fight for my country. That’s why I escaped. This year, I was really glad to see so many youngsters taking part into the protests and all over the world. It is our duty for those left behind in Tibet. Because of my line of work, I get to meet a lot of people and I listen to their stories. They sadden me a lot. I believe the Dalai Lama middle way approach is good, he is the living Buddha after all! That’s why we all respect his way. But I also trust that many Tibetan voices are not heard because of this very reason too. So far this type of diplomatic approach has brought us nowhere either. For me Rangzen (Full Independence) is not opposite to Omelam (middle way). They have to work together, each bringing their good side.We must find new ways, perhaps a bit more violent even if I am not talking about killing people. But we could use methods such as sabotage, boycotts”. En 2008 à Katmandu les tibétains ont manifesté contre l'occupation chinoise dans leur pays. Agnes Dherbeys / M.Y.O.P