In this special episode of Boing Boing tv, Xeni interviews Tibetan sovereignty activists Lhadon Tethong and Tenzin “Tendor” Dorjee from Students for a Free Tibet, over a Skype video chat. They’re in Dharamsala, India, the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government In Exile, and they’re attending an historic week-long meeting taking place this week to determine the future of the Tibetan independence movement.
Snip from a New York Times story by Edward Wong about the “Special Meeting”:
The conclave is the first of its kind since 1991. The Dalai Lama has called for hundreds of Tibetans to gather in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, to help decide on a new strategy for Tibet.
In a statement released Monday, the government in exile sought to play down speculation that a significant shift in its approach to the issue of Tibetan independence might be near.
â€œA change in policy need not come from this meeting,â€ the statement said, according to Reuters. â€œIf a change in basic policy is considered necessary, there is a way that is democratic and which has the mandate of the Tibetan people.â€
Lhadon and Tendor are updating the SFT blog here, and they suggest that people interested in following the story check Phayul.com, and the High Peaks Pure Earth blog, with commentary from Tibetans inside Tibet and China. Here is a statement on the “Special Meeting” from the Dalai Lama, who is not personally attending. The Tibetan Government in Exile is producing video reports from the Special Meeting here. Tibetan poet Woeser has published her thoughts on the meeting here. (Special thanks to Laird Brown, and Phuntsok Dorjee)