Special Report: Serfs Emancipation Day
LONDON, March 11 (Xinhua) -- A UK journal has
published an article in its March issue to mark the 50th anniversary of the
democratic reform in China's Tibet Autonomous Region, hailing it as "Tibet's
Lalkar (meaning "challenge"), a bi-monthly
anti-imperialism journal published in Britain, runs an article titled "Celebrate
the anniversary of Tibet's liberation!"
It reads: "March 2009 sees the fiftieth anniversary
of the triumph of the socialist revolution in China's Tibet province. The
decisive rout of the serf-owners revolt in March 1959 drew a line under
centuries of feudal backwardness and decades of imperialist manipulation, most
notably by Britain."
"By giving their support to the People's Liberation
Army (PLA) and their battle to unify all the peoples of China under the common
banner of socialism, the Tibetan masses broke with a whole epoch of subservience
to slavery and serfdom," it adds.
The article then writes in length about why Tibet's
liberation was delayed nearly ten years after the founding of the People's
Republic of China, analyzing "the oppression suffered by the Tibetan masses and
the strenuous efforts made by foreign powers to preserve this feudal
backwardness and turn it to their own advantage."
With quotes from Israel Epstein, the Warsaw-born
journalist and author, as well as Robert Ford, a British radio operator turned
UK diplomat who worked in Tibet in the 1950s, the article highlights the
meddling of "British imperialism" in the region from early 20th century,
particularly its military involvement, which it says was later replaced by the
"U.S. imperialism" embodied in CIA operative in training "saboteurs."
"The disgraceful role played by imperialism last year
in Lhasa, inciting deadly mob violence against Han, Muslim and Tibetan citizens
alike, is sufficient reminder of the secessionist games some would still like to
play in the name of 'free Tibet' unwittingly assisted by those in the West who
fall for the propaganda," says the article.
"Yet Tibet is indeed free right now -- free from the
scourge of poverty, warlordism and imperialist diktat and plans to stay that
way. The vigorous rebuff last year's provocation received reminds the world yet
again that 'imperialism lifts up a rock only to drop it on its own feet.'"
The article concludes that "We are proud to
congratulate the Chinese people and the Chinese Communist Party on the occasion
of the fiftieth anniversary of free Tibet!"
Fifty years ago, the Chinese central government
foiled an armed rebellion started on March 10 by the Dalai Lama and his
supporters to block the reform of the feudal serfdom in Tibet and split the
region from China.
On March 28, 1959, a new local Tibetan government was
formed, freeing millions of Tibetan serfs and slaves, who accounted for more
than 90 percent of the then population in the region.
The Dalai Lama and his followers, who fled the
country after the failed rebellion, have since made continuous attempts to
separate Tibet from China and restore feudal serfdom in the region. In one of
the latest incidents, followers of the Dalai Lama staged violent riots in Lhasa,
the regional capital, on March 14 last year, causing 18 civilian deaths and huge