Nepal’s revolutionaries stand with China
Published Apr 3, 2008 9:25 PM
While China gears up to host the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, U.S.
imperialism and its allies have embarked on a concerted campaign to undermine
China’s global image and its ability to peacefully host the Olympics.
As workers sit in front of their television sets and watch the nightly news
they are faced with an Orwellian contradiction between the images that appear
before their eyes and the commentary of the newscasters reporting on the story.
The images clearly show rioters, many in monks’ robes, attacking
motorcyclists and taxi drivers, while shops are being burned to the ground.
The image of a peaceful Tibetan liberation movement led by a benevolent
spiritual leader—the Dalai Lama—has been seared into the
consciousness of many of the world’s workers, particularly young workers
and students. It is a carefully crafted image
It is also a lie. The image has helped spearhead a multimillion dollar industry
that markets “Free Tibet” T-shirts and paraphernalia and selling
Dalai’s books extolling his versions of “peace” and world
The feudal reality of Tibet was very different. Workers World’s Gary
Wilson wrote a detailed history of Tibet:
“In the 1940s, Tibet was a feudal theocracy with a dual papacy—the
Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. By all accounts, the Dalai Lama was considered
supreme in political matters.” (“It was no Shangri-la: Hollywood
hides Tibet’s true history,” WW, Dec. 4, 1997)
“The vast majority of the people of Tibet were serfs. A small part of the
population, about 5 percent, was slaves to the nobility.
“Women were considered inferior to men,” Wilson reports.
Capital punishment and the whip were common forms of punishment, according to
Gorkar Mebon, the mayor of Lhasa in the 1950s.
“After the overthrow of Tibetan feudalism, in 1959 the serfs opened an
exhibition of the torture instruments used against them,” Wilson
The Chinese Communist Party led a revolutionary struggle to help Tibetans
liberate themselves from this barbaric feudal serfdom. Dalai and his allies
have never forgiven the Chinese government for liberating the Tibetans.
Nepal’s revolutionaries stand in solidarity with China
The revolutionary movement in neighboring Nepal, led by the Communist Party of
Nepal (Maoist), has waged a heroic struggle since 1996 against a brutal feudal
monarchy similar to that of pre-revolutionary Tibet. The similarity of their
struggles has given the CPN(M) a hands-on perspective of the lies, violations
of sovereignty and violence that imperialism is willing to perpetuate against
With this in mind, the CPN(M) issued a statement of unequivocal support for
China in the face of U.S.-sponsored violence in that country. The statement
“strongly condemns the incident that put at risk the freedom and
sovereignty of the Chinese people.”
The U.S. and its imperialist allies support a false “liberation”
struggle in Tibet against the Chinese government while opposing an authentic
revolutionary movement in Nepal against the remnants of an autocratic feudal
In neither instance does imperialism genuinely care about democracy, freedom or
human rights. In both instances the goal is to undermine China’s
independence and influence in the region and to ensure that the revolutionary
momentum in Nepal does not spread to India, Bangladesh or Bhutan so that
private property and capitalist profits will be protected against the
legitimate interests of the oppressed peoples.
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