On the 51 anniversary of the uprising [11 March 2010] of the Tibetans against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama made an important speech. He linked the struggle of Tibetans for cultural and political autonomy to that of the Turkomen or Quyghurs in Xinjiang. He did not neglect support for Chinese intellectuals and ordinary citizens who are struggling for their rights and democracy in China itself.
The Chinese Communisty Party [CCP] and its functionaries are put on notice. For, the linkage of the three struggles for democracy and the rights of minority peoples in Tibet and Xinjiang [east Turkmenstan], and in China proper is now established.
The time seemed right to hook up these struggles, although now that it is announced, the fight of these 3 people, is as plain as the nose on one's face.
Of course the CCP will not take the challenge sitting down, and they've a standing army to prove the point. Yet, strong and invincible as they might seem, the time and the fast moving evolution of Chinese economy and society, tied down by the weights and measures of the past, are against Beijing.
Of course, too, the CCP's propaganda machinery is working triple time, to launch lightning bolts of invective, lies, and fabrication cloth of stories woven from falsehood. Beijing will cajole, bribe, throw into prison those it cannot buy off or consider too weak but whose mere frail voice shakes the pillars of their temple.
It is curious that a brutal regime that always talks of history and history being on its side, remains impervious to the lessons of its own past.
Little does the CCP understand that the prophets of their doom are speaking, and the cracks and crevices of a corrupt society are widening day by day.
When the fall comes, the CCP won't have the luxury of wondering why. And that is the significance of the Dalai Lama's words.