Tibetans take out protest rally as 20th CCP congress opens in Beijing
DHARAMSALA, 16 Oct: The decade under Xi Jinping saw repressions in Tibet intensified, with Tibetans subjected to extensive restrictions and hardships, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest Tibetan non-governmental organization in exile said as they take out a protest rally here in the exile headquarters of the Tibetan people as the 20th Chinese Communist Party(CCP) Congress opened in Beijing.
“We are protesting today because, over the last ten years, repressions in Tibet intensified with Tibetans subjected to extensive restrictions and hardships under Xi Jinping’s rule”, TYC President Gonpo Dhondup said and added that “we are completely against more years under his rule.”
With Xi Jinping all set to win a precedent-breaking third term in office and possibly to for life at the CCP Congress, the TYC President added: “irrespective of who assumes the top leadership of the CCP regime, there is no positive development when it comes to the Tibetan issue, as such we will continue with our campaign and movement.”
The largest Tibetan NGO supporting complete independence for Tibet further declared that it will oppose and resist the Chinese government unless Tibet regains its independence.
TYC also expressed its solidarity with the Tibetans inside Tibet who continues to suffer under China’s draconian Zero-Covid Policy in Tibet which experts and rights group say is employed to increase repression and for political goals.
Carrying Tibetan national flags, pictures of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama and play cards with slogans such as ‘Free Tibet’, ‘China out of Tibet’, and ‘Tibet belongs to Tibetans’, Tibetans and supporters participated in a protest rally to condemn the CCP and Xi Jinping Mcleod Ganj to Kacheri in lower Dharamsala.
The protest rally was jointly organised tbs the TYC and its Dharamsala regional chapter to protest against the Chinese government and to express solidarity with the Tibetans inside Tibet suffering under China’s repressive policies in Tibet.
Xi Jinping came to power in March 2013 as he succeeded Hu Jintao. He was re-elected in March 2018.
The 20th Party Congress opened Sunday and it will be held for a week. The once-in-five years Party Congress is of huge significance to Xi as he is all set to be elected for an unprecedented third five-year term cementing his position as the most powerful and authoritarian Chinese leader Since Mao Zedong.