Tibetans observe 64th founding anniversary of Chushi Gangdrug Resistance Force

DHARAMSALA, 16 June:  China should stop its deceitful and repressive policies in Tibet aimed at exterminating Tibetans and its sinicization of Tibet and instead, resolve the Tibetan issue peacefully through a mutually acceptable negotiated resolution, Dokham Chusi Gangdrug said today as it commemorated its 64th founding anniversary.

Dokham Chushi Gangdruk, the organisation of the first Tibetan organised voluntary resistance force to fight against Communist China’s occupation of Tibet further stated in their press release that China should respect and uphold its constitution and stop the arbitrary detention of Tibetan Lamas and Tulkus as well as writers, intellectuals, teachers and common Tibetans inside Tibet. 

A prayer session and a brief ceremony at Lhagyal Ri, located almost halfway on the circumambulation path around the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence marked Chusi Gangdrug’s 64th founding anniversary.

A delegation of Tibetan lawmakers attended the event on behalf of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. Parliamentarian Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar attended the event as the Chief Guest along with Parliamentarian Serta Tsultrim, Tenpa Yarphel, Phurpa Dorjee Gyaldhong, Lopon Thupten Gyaltsen, and Konchok Yangphel.

Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar commended the organisation for their “historic feat” of providing a safe passage to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to exile in India in 1959 and for fighting the Chinese army with pride and valour to restore Tibet’s freedom.

The Tibetan parliament further acknowledged and applauded Chushi Gangdruk for following the Dalai Lama’s advice and engaging in social works and services in the exile community. 

Chushi Gangdruk was formally established on June 10 1958, Andruk Gonpo Tashi is the founder of the organisation. Chushi Gangdruk translates to the “Four Rivers, Six Ranges” in Tibetan.

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