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Scholar: Dalai Lama told lies about Tibet

A Luxembourg scholar says the picture painted by Dalai Lama about Tibet for the rest of the world is twisted by lies.

Albert Ettinger has recently published two books on Tibet after six years of research, saying he wants to introduce a real Tibet to western audiences.

SOUNDBITE (GERMAN): ALBERT ETTINGER, Luxembourg scholar
“My first encounter with the subject was in the classroom. I’m a middle school teacher. I found that some of the contents in the textbooks about Dalai Lama and Tibetian Buddhism, among others, were completely undiscriminating, which made me feel very uneasy. And many media are now presenting a distorted image of Tibet. I want to have a better understanding of Tibet, so I’ve been doing research for years. That’s why I wrote the two books.”

The two books, titled “Free Tibet?” and “Fight for Tibet”, include a huge amount of historical documents and academic literature on Tibet by scholars worldwide.

And these documents, Ettinger says, show Dalai Lama is lying.

SOUNDBITE (GERMAN): ALBERT ETTINGER, Luxembourg scholar
“For instance, when it comes to Tibet’s past, Dalai Lama said that although the old Tibet was not perfect, it was still a good society generally. But what he said is not true. In fact, problems such as poverty and discrimination were prevalent in the old Tibet.”

Ettinger also dimisses Dalai Lama’s claim that the Chinese government is repressing the Tibetan language and culture.

SOUNDBITE (GERMAN): ALBERT ETTINGER, Luxembourg scholar
“In fact, it’s plain to sight that students in primary schools in Tibet are learning how to speak and write Chinese as well as Tibetan. Therefore, what Dalai Lama claims is groundless.”

Ettinger says he plans to get both books translated into English so that more people can learn about the real Tibet.

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