By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, OCT 2: Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet, a Dharamsala-based Tibetan NGO formed by former Tibetan political prisoners has lodged an official complaint of physical assault at the local police station against a Chinese-American woman who disrupted a photo exhibition organized by the NGO and physically assaulted the NGO’s President.
The incident occurred on October 1, 2017 while Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet was holding a photo exhibition event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 pro-independence protests in Tibet at the Tibetan National Martyrs’ memorial at the entrance of Tsug-lak-Khang, the main temple in McLeod Ganj.
Zhu Wen Qi, the Chinese American woman attempted to destroy the photos on display with a huge scissors, calling the pictures of 1987 uprising ‘fake’ and an insult to China. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, the President of Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet and also a member of the current Tibetan Parliament, tried to reason with the Chinese woman and asked her to calm down. Rather than calming down, Zhu Wen Qi got physical, grabbed Namgyal Dolkar’s head and shook her. Ms Zhu also got physical and bit the hand of another member of the organization who was pleading with her to calm down in Chinese. She even shouted at a Tibetan journalist from Voice of America who was covering the NGO’s event and hit her on the face. While hurling abuses and physically assaulting Tibetans, she claimed to be a disciple of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
However, the members of the organization made sure that the Chinese-American woman was not harmed and carried on with their photo exhibition. The NGO also immediately reported the incident to the local police and the Security Department of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Gu Chu Sum in a release today informed the Tibetan community about the police complaint and urged the Tibetan people to stay vigilant and report such persons and incidents to the concerned authorities. The NGO also urged the Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and CTA’s Security Department to be more vigilant and careful over His Holiness’s security.
It was further reported that the woman turned up at Tsug-lag-khang today to attend His Holiness’ teaching on Chandrakirti’s ‘Entering the Middle Way’ (uma jukpa) but the security officials did not allow her to attend the teaching.
Though a report claimed that the Chinese woman is one of the participants from the US to the Central Tibetan Administration’s 5-50 meeting, the Office of Tibet in Washington, DC dismissed the report.