i'm all for more freedom in Tibet... I just don't like herd behavior, especially when it's counterproductive and leads to taking the cause far less seriously by many who are likewise put off by ignoramuses waving banners around without a clue as to why.
I'd like to second what Dasha just said by asking: How many supporters of a free Tibet have read the constitution the Dalai Lama wishes to enact when he takes power? (Here's a link
This constitution is a theocracy: The Dalai Lama holds all executive power, appoints five percent of the members of parliament, hires and fires Supreme Court justices at will, and also hires and fires all regional governors. There is no separation of church and state: All religious institutions in Tibet report to the ecclesiastical council that is part of the executive. The council, with the previous approval of the Dalai Lama, has the power to administer all religious affairs. No limits to this power are specified in the constitution.
Granted, there is much to like about this constitution as well. It declares its support for human rights as the UN's universal declaration of human rights defines them. There is a role for public participation. In the Tibetian parliament, the national assembly, 75% of the seats are filled by popular vote. This constitution, if enforced, would certainly improve over the current Chinese occupation.
But it would also enact into law a Dalai Lama power trip: A theocracy whose constitution is written by the Dalai Lama and gives near-dictatorial powers to the Dalai Lama. The uncritical admiration the Dalai Lama receives from Western audiences and Western leaders is completely unwarranted. He's a politician, no better or worse than the others. As such, he needs to be criticized, checked, and balanced like any other politicians, whether people call him "His Holiness" or not. It's a pity that so few people do.