FIST on Tibet

The Dalai Lama is known to the U.S. public as a peaceful Buddhist leader
who represents the interest of the Tibetan people through his role in
the “Free Tibet” movement. But to millions of Tibetans, the Dalai Lama
is known as an oppressive feudal leader whose past power came not from
democracy but from “divine” placement instead. Under the Feudal system
of the Dalai Lama, the people of Tibet were serfs and slaves with no
education or healthcare. In contrast, the Tibetan people now have
education, healthcare, and most importantly freedom from feudal oppression.

However the United States and the old feudal powers of Tibet have a
different idea of what constitutes freedom for Tibet, one that includes
U.S. domination and a class system where the few profit off the many.

It is clear that the recent international attention toward Tibet is part
of the ongoing U.S. attack on China. The United States has been trying
to undermine China with a barrage of negative media attacks since the
Chinese revolution. The current disproportionate level of media
attention to Tibet is just another part of this continuing campaign.

The United States hopes to gain popular support for illegal involvement
in Tibet through the “Free Tibet” movement, which is now being used to
attack China’s hosting of the Olympic Games. This movement and its
public leader, the Dalai Lama, are not reflections of the Tibetan people
and must NOT be supported!

*Stop U.S. attacks on China*

F.I.S.T. – Fight Imperialism Stand Together

Contact us by Phone: (212) 627-2994

Email: FIST@workers.org

_*Some facts about Tibet*_

· Tibet has been a part of China since the 13th century and has
been an autonomous part of China since 1959.

· Before the Chinese revolution Tibet was a feudal society,
meaning that a small noble class owned the countries land and 90% of the
population were serfs and slaves.

· In pre-revolutionary Tibet there was no religious freedom. Since
the Chinese revolution this has changed.

· Torture was commonly used in feudal Tibet, especially as
punishment for speaking or acting against the oppressive feudal
government and the Dalai Lama.

· In feudal Tibet women had absolutely no rights.

· The Tibetan culture, language, and religions are practiced
freely in modern day Tibet.

_*Facts about U.S. CIA involvement in Tibet and the Dalai Lama*_

· “Since the independence of Tibet can aid the fight against
Communism, it is of our interest to recognize it as independent…To
recognize the independence of Tibet, yes or no, is not the true
question. It is about our attitude towards China.” –U.S. State
Department after the Chinese Revolution.

· The CIA trained and funded the counter-revolutionaries in Tibet,
and has continued to support and execute violent uprisings.

· Over the past 50 years the U.S. has used tax payer money to
financially support the exiled Tibetan feudal leaders, including the
Dalai Lama.

· The Dalai Lama has supported every U.S. war, including the wars
in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea.

· The Dalai Lama opposes Women’s Right to Choose (including
abortion rights and birth control rights).

· The Dalai Lama opposes the rights and forms of expression of
LGBTQ people.

· The 5th Dalai Lama once issued the order “Commoners of Lhari
Ziba listen to my order: …I have authorized Lhari Ziba to chop off
your hands and feet, gouge out your eyes, and beat and kill you if you
again attempt to look for freedom and comfort.” This order was
reiterated on many occasions by his successor in power.

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