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The Annual Spring Excursion

23 March 2009
 

Each year when spring arrives, many people love to take a day trip to national park or other natural environment for spring excursion, some with abundant time and money to spare may tour the world to further explore the season.

During this time, Dalai Lama's lama government in India would also organize a spring outing for the former serf owners and their descendants in exile. What's quite unique with these guys is they prefer to tour around Chinese embassies and consulates in various key locations on the planet. Once arrived, they would put a sombre expression while hovering around the compounds like a bunch of lost souls from Town of Quitters in Hell or a group of homeless dogs scavenging leftovers in urban space, and let the world know how much their sensitive feelings were hurt on the anniversaries, such as 10 March, the day they or their parents ran away from their parents 50 years ago; and on 28 March, the day their family lost their serfs and slaves 50 years ago.

The celebration is often theatrical, mixed with a lot of tears and plenty of laughers, and always tears first (when the performers were surrounded by media cameras) and laughter later (once media gone). According to a first hand witness account, an ethnic Tibetan woman in charge of International Tibet Movement appeared to be so distressed before the camera lens to the point she was about to pass out, but minutes after the media left, she laughed happily and chatted cheerfully with her mates as if nothing had ever happened. Why not, job was done, money was earned.

The problem is there are too many Chinese embassies and consulates in this world, while too few people participated in the excursion, so they tour major embassies on different date, which is why the anniversary calls normally do not take place on the anniversary days.

The following is an eyewitness review of the annual spring performance by some Tibetans in exiles (Source: 凤凰网):

在欧洲,每年一到“3·10”等敏感日子,“流亡政府”往往要组织藏人到中国驻欧各国使领馆前示威。不过有趣的是,这些示威往往并不是在同一天。原来,由于拉不到足够的人数,他们往往把散居在几国的藏人集中起来,轮流到各地使馆示威。有荷兰的朋友告诉《国际先驱导报》记者他的发现:在中国驻荷兰使馆前示威的藏人,就是前一天在中国驻比利时使馆前示威的那一拨。

在西方,支持达赖及其“流亡政府”的非政府组织鱼龙混杂,这些“后援组织”全球多达380多个,影响力较大的有“国际西藏运动”“自由西藏运动”“西藏委员会”等。

其实,不要以为这些组织有多高尚,它们不过是打着“人权”和“支持西藏独立”的旗号,多争点西方政府资助和私人捐款罢了。记者曾看到,“国际西藏运动”在向媒体分发的材料中如是表明自己的“功绩”:2006年,该组织从美国争得的“直接援助”为735万美元。记者也曾见到“国际西藏运动”的一位女藏族负责人,面对镜头声泪俱下,几乎要昏倒,10分钟后等媒体一离开竟开怀大笑,手舞足蹈,好像是示意刚才“表演”得不错。

而记者在和一位拟邀请达赖访问的“西藏中心”官员聊天时,发现她对西藏的一些常识性问题都不甚了了。她脑海里想得更多的是“预算”:尽量把达赖请来,拉到更多的赞助。

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(Original photos: 新华社记者 黄深钢 摄)


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