China’s new Politburo Standing Committee emerges to face a storm of protest from Tibet.
Global Tibet movement calls on China’s 5th generation leaders to acknowledge policy failures and seek resolution to the crisis in Tibet.
The new Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has emerged to a storm of protest from Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.
The seven men  led by Xi Jinping – whose revolutionary hero father was close to the 10th Panchen Lama and knew the Dalai Lama  – are facing an immediate crisis, with Tibetans in large numbers rejecting Beijing’s rule. During the last week thousands of Tibetans in eastern Tibet, including students and school children, have taken to the streets in protest, whilst the number of Tibetan self-immolations has spiralled with nine in the last 10 days, including at least four in a single day, taking the total to more than 70. 
“The Chinese Communist Party’s new leadership has a crisis on its hands, with Tibetans in their thousands denouncing China’s policy failures and calling for freedom” said Tenzin Jigme of the International Tibet Network, a global coalition of almost 200 Tibet Groups. “We Tibetans in exile and our supporters stand in solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet; the global Tibet movement is here to stay and we put China’s 5th generation on notice that their failure to resolve the occupation of Tibet will define their leadership.”
Today, Tibetans and supporters will take to the streets, challenging activists wearing masks of China’s new Politburo Standing Committee, including a huge head of Xi Jinping , shouting “5th generation, last generation, Free Tibet!” and demanding that they seek a just solution to the occupation of Tibet, or face growing resistance.
In spite of China’s escalating repressive measures , resistance inside Tibet is stronger and more diverse than ever. The Chinese government is discovering that a display of force is unable to prevent self-immolations, mass gatherings or other diverse forms of resistance, including displaying posters and banners, recording video messages, communicating through music, literature and subtle yet powerful expressions of national identity. In addition to demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, a powerful theme of protest and resistance in Tibet today is a call for unity across the Tibetan nation .
In Dharamsala, Tibetans and Tibet campaigners from all over the world are gathering for a Special Meeting, where the movement will re-commit itself to the Tibetan struggle and strategise campaigns for the next three to five years.
“Today, China unveils its new top leadership, the 5th generation Politburo Standing Committee members, Now we throw down the gauntlet and challenge them to address the urgent need for change in Tibet”  said Brigitte von Bulow, chair of United Nations for a Free Tibet. “The new leadership must resolve the Tibet issue swiftly and peacefully or risk creating an even greater crisis of geopolitical significance in history.”
1. The members of the Politburo Standing Committee are:
Xi Jinping, www.chinese-leaders.org/xi-jinping
Li Keqiang, www.chinese-leaders.org/li-keqiang
Wang Qishan, www.chinese-leaders.org/wang-qishan
Yu Zhengsheng www.chinese-leaders.org/yu-zhengsheng
Zhang Dejiang www.chinese-leaders.org/zhang-dejiang
Zhang Gaoli www.chinese-leaders.org/zhang-gaoli
and Liu Yunshan www.chinese-leaders.org/liu-yunshan
2. For a profile of Xi Jinping’s father Xi Zhongxun see www.chinese-leaders.org/xi-zhongxun
3. In the period 4 -14 November there were nine confirmed self-immolations – 6 in the Rebkong area and 3 in Ngaba – and a furher incident was reported by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America in Driru, Central Tibet about which no details are known. The first known self-immolation in Tibet took place in February 2009. This protest by Tapey, a monk from Kirti monastery, Ngaba in eastern Tibet, was emulated by Phuntsok in March 2011 and was followed in that year by 12 further self-immolations. There have been 58 confirmed so far in 2012. For a comprehensive list of all confirmed self-immolations in Tibet, see www.StandupforTibet.org/learn-more. There have also been five instances of self-immolation among exiled Tibetans.
There have been mass protests in eastern Tibet on 9 and 12 November. Seewww.savetibet.org.
4. Photographs of the protest in Dharamsala will be available later today. Please contact Tsering Choedup +91 941822 1605
5. “China Mobilises Paramilitary to Suppress Tibetan protest”, Free Tibet. http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/china-mobilises-paramilitary-suppress-tibetan-protest
6. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy reported that Gyaltsen, a cousin of Lobsang Jamyang who self-immolated in Ngaba on 14 January 2012, wrote: “All the conflicts, which once divided the people blurred away…it is crystal clear that all those protests specially the self-immolations triggered a new spark of unity, patriotism and nationalism among Tibetans and woke up many Tibetans from their deep slumbers. “The inextinguishable Tibetan fire in China’s darkness” http://www.tchrd.org/index.php?option=com_content&;view=article&id=298:the-inextinguishable-tibetan-fire-in-chinas-darkness&catid=70:2012-news&Itemid=162.
7. Xi Jinping’s Tibet Challenge: a report highlighting China’s failed policies in Tibet and outlining the Tibet challenges facing Xi Jinping as China continues to maintain its occupation through Three Pillars of Coercive Control: Military Occupation, Colonial Rule, and Fear and Intimidation. Read and download from Issuu http://bit.ly/QXfT3V and/or Google Docs http://bit.ly/RDLYPO