Check out all these former serfs (“the happiest people in China“) getting their emancipation on at the third annual Serfs Emancipation Day. Don’t they look “emancipated” to you? There’s so much emancipation in these photos, I think I just emancipated in my pants. Let’s hear what Lhasa party chief Qin Yizhi had to say:
“The Tibetan people are now able to put their destinies in their own hands. The autonomous region has perfectly implemented a policy granting freedom in religious belief and ensuring all Tibetan people enjoy such a right.
And then there’s this nugget from 13-year-old Junior High School student (and grandchild of emancipated serf) Tenzin Lodro, interviewed by China Daily:
“Students are subsidized by the government so we can learn more,” she said. “Life now is much better in Tibet, and we should cherish the hard-earned fruits of our labors.”
The quote to rule them all, however, goes to Zhang Qingli 张庆黎, Secretary of the CPC Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee, who said this back in 2008:
“The Communist Party is like the parent to the Tibetan people, and it is always considerate about what the children need. The Central Party Committee is the real Buddha for Tibetans.”