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19 june 2012 004Dharamshala: The TPI reporter in Taipei, taking advantage of the Tashi Tsering's presence Taiwan after his tour of United States, United Kingdom etc interviewed the man who is firmly rooted for the Tibetan Cause.

Tashi, who came to Taiwan for 14 years before, talked about his brothers and sisters in the United States, while he alone came to Taiwan.

Exiled Tibetans generally believe that Taiwan is not a good place, because of the relationship between the Chinese Nationalist Party and the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

Tashi is currently serving as a member of the board director of Amnesty International Taiwan Branch (AI TAIWAN He has also served as the President of the Tibetan Youth Congress in Taiwan Council.

Tashi talked about how many Taiwanese people and international tourists, including Chinese tourists in Taiwan, participate in the many events that take place there. In a single day, around 3000 Chinese tourists pour into Taiwan and they see the Tibet freedom movement conveying the true situation which is contrary to the Chinese Government propaganda about Tibet. Many Chinese tourists had in fact expressed their admiration and support for him.

Since 2004, Tsering has launched 310 processions and was not affiliated f any organization. Once, while applying for demonstration permits to the Taipei Police Department, the police asked him how many people would attend; Tsering stated that around 50 people would attend.

On the day of the protest at 228 Peace Memorial Park site, only seven Tibetan participated while 26 officers had been dispatched to maintain security. Police officers saw only seven individuals and did not think them capable of creating any law and order problem and left.

After they left, the procession started with people holding pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and waving the Tibetan Flag.

In 2006, Tashi began to visit universities in Taiwan to give speeches on the poor human rights situation of the Tibetan people to college students in Taiwan.

Tashi founded the Tibet Taiwan Friendship organization with only seven people attending the movement which has grown to the support of over 3,000 people and the assistance of eight non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has given the Free Tibet struggle more support. Now, in all the eight Taiwan NGOs, the Tibetan flag has been displayed.

He had heard of Tibetans born in India, describe Tibetans in Taiwan as a disgrace as Taiwan was once a part of China and the situation there is complicated. This was proved true in 2008 when Mr Jane Yu Yan of the Taipei Parliament launched the Tibet Movement. That afternoon, Tashi Tsering received a phone call from a political party Kuomintang (KMT), which threatened him saying that Tibetan Movements were impossible as Tibet is a part of the Republic of China. Tsering then realized that the superstitions of the Tibetan in India were true; the situation in Taiwan was complicated.

On World Human Rights Day, Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan gave a speech. While giving the speech two men from Amnesty International displayed the Dalai Lama's picture and Tibetan flag asking the President to support the Tibetan issue. After the ceremony both men were arrested.

In a separate movement for support in Burma, speakers from NGOs interrupted the speeches with chants of free Tibet.

On the other hand, all the people who have attended his processions support the Tibetan Cause. The people of Taiwan do not think that Tibet is a part of the People's Republic of China, and even support the independence of Tibet.

During the 2009 uprising in Tibet, a number of NGO co-sponsored Solidarity March activities, headed by Tashi Tsering and the Secretary-General of the Taiwan Labour Front. Even the Chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen Ms. also joined the parade prompting live coverage of more than 3,000 people walking in the streets of Taipei in solidarity with the Tibetan people.

When Tashi asked the Tibetan Buddhist center of Taiwan, Tibet, Rinpoche, Geshe and Tibetan, for support for Campaign for Tibet, few claimed that they did not want to be involved in political problems. They believed that the Buddhist centre was to promote Tibetan Buddhism and nothing else.

Tashi then explained to the Rinpoches and the Geshes, the plight of Tibet and the origins of Campaign for Tibet. Campaign for Tibet is not a political movement but a movement to fight for Tibet's religious and human rights and freedom. When one's own country was in such a miserable situation, it did not matter if the problems were political or religious.

However, no matter which country they reside in, the people of Tibet should be a good humans and not harm others.

Tashi spoke in gratitude for the people of Taiwan. When CTA launched The Tibet Blue Book, the assistance from Taiwan let him feel the goodness of the people and the defence of democracy freedom and courage, made him feel that Taiwan is one pair of options.

Tashi is culturally Taiwanese. He likes traditional Taiwanese food such as Braised Pork Rice, Beef Noodles, and Bitter Gourd Rib Soup (Ribs stewed with balsam the pear). However, this is the era of global citizens, so regardless of the Taiwanese or Tibetans, we are all human family of brothers and sisters, family members when there is suffering.