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19 January, 2009

#3: China is at is again: China to Celebrate "Serf Emancipation Day"

"... the central government foiled an armed rebellion staged by the Dalai Lama and his supporters, most of whom were slave owners attempting to maintain serfdom."
-Xinhua [wiki], the official state news agency of China

On March 28, 1959, the Chinese Communist Party announced the creation of the Tibet Autonomous Region and dissolved the old Tibetan government. Legislators in Tibet passed a bill on Monday mandating an annual celebration of that event by designating a special title for the date. The bill will be reviewed by the ninth regional People's Congress, according to Xinhua, the official state news agency.

Beijing has long said that the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, ruled over a feudal system that kept the majority of Tibetans enslaved. Serf Emancipation Day will "mark the date on which about 1 million serfs in the region were freed 50 years ago," Xinhua reported, contending that 90 percent of the Tibetan population in the 1950s were serfs or slaves.

Read the entire article on the IHT web site

Commentary: A day to remember, for Tibetans and all
Does the "Serfs Emancipation Day" go down in history as a milestone for social progress and human rights improvement in Tibet, or, as some people claimed, a "mockery of history" and "unequalled humiliation of Tibetans"?

Tibet sets 'Serfs Emancipation Day'
"The 382 legislators attending the session unanimously voted for the proposal," said Legqog, director of the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Regional People's Congress. "Serfs Emancipation Day" will take place every year on March 28.

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