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Dharamsala cannot represent Tibetan people

Updated: 2012-04-02 07:03
( China Daily)

Zhang Zhirong | Opinion

March 28 marked the 53rd anniversary of Serfs Emancipation Day in Tibet. Since the central government successfully put down an armed rebellion in the region in 1959 and introduced ethnic autonomy in 1965, the Tibetan people have become masters of their own fate.

Naturally their legal representative should be the central government and the local people's government in the Tibet autonomous region. However, in recent years the "government-in-exile" in Dharamsala has been trying to "assume" this role. In a "referendum" in 2008, it called itself "the representative of Tibetan people".

Dharamsala cannot represent Tibetan people