'Tibetan Youth Congress' not representative of Tibet

Updated: 2008-04-18 23:12

LHASA - The "Tibetan Youth Congress" (TYC), an organization in exile under the Dalai Lama clique, has no right to represent young Tibetans and the public in Tibet, an official with the youth organization in this autonomous region in China's southwest has pointed out.

"TYC", a hard-line organization under the Dalai Lama clique that seeks "Tibet independence" and openly preaches violence, has no idea about the well-being of Tibetan people, the favorable environment for the young generation and the good policies handed down by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Luomei, the Tibet Autonomous Regional Youth Federation chairwoman, told Xinhua on Friday.

"Neither the Dalai Lama nor the 'TYC' has done anything conducive to the development and stability of Tibet. So they are not in the position to say 'this' or 'that' about Tibet, nor can they advocate any unacceptable political proposals in the world arena on behalf of Tibet, Tibetan youth and the public."

Luomei made the remarks after a "TYC" official told the Hong Kong-based Yazhou Zhoukan (Asian Weekly) recently in an interview that the "TYC" was the genuine representative of Tibetan people and they did not mastermind, organize or participate in the March 14 violence in Lhasa, the regional capital.

The "TYC" official also claimed the organization's current pursuit was to seek "Tibet independence" and boycott the Beijing Olympic Games, adding it would not exclude the use of violence.

Luomei, a Tibet native, pointed out that those unfounded sophistry could not cover up the fact that "TYC" was behind the violence that ripped through Lhasa last month, which badly hurt civilians and incurred enormous economic loss.

She said the majority of young Tibetans were against violence and "Tibet independence", and the young generation in Tibet is the backbone and main momentum of the autonomous region's development.

Luomei, 39, became the chairwoman of the youth federation last year. The 55-year-old federation consists of 355 members representing more than 800,000 youth from all walks of life in Tibet.

"Many of the members are Tibetan ethnic. We grew up here and witnessed progress and development in the region," she added.

Young Tibetans will never allow any attempt by the Dalai clique and the "TYC" to realize "Tibet independence" and restore the feudal serf system, or to overthrow the Chinese government and the CPC leadership, Luomei said.

Only those who contribute to the economic development, social progress and stability in Tibet can act as the real representative of Tibetan youth and the public, she emphasized.

"You must love the country and the people, help local residents to improve living conditions. Is 'TYC' able to do that?" Luomei asked.

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