Hidden mural of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa
Troops from the paramilitary People’s Armed Police (PAP) and Public Security Bureau (PSB) fired on hundreds of protesters led by Buddhist monks at Kardze in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of China’s Sichuan province April 3, leaving eight dead. The protest began when monks of Tongkor Monastery in Zithang township, Kardze County, marched to demand the release of two monks arrested the previous day for defying China’s official “Patriotic Education” campaign, which requires monks to denounce the Dalai Lama, according to the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). Scores of Tibetans were injured and arrested, the TCHRD said. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported one government official was seriously injured in what it called a riot.
AP, citing the London-based Free Tibet Campaign and the International Campaign for Tibet, said the two monks were detained after 3,000 paramilitary troops searched their monastery and found photographs of the Dalai Lama. The International Campaign for Tibet said the two monks—Tsultrim Tenzin, in his 70s, and Yeshe Nyima, a young man—were detained after they protested when officials threw pictures of the Dalai Lama and of the monastery’s exiled tulku, Tongkor Shabdrung, on the ground.
AP said: “Calls to local police and hospitals in the area were not answered Saturday or else officials said they had no information.” The agency added: “It was impossible to verify the information since Chinese authorities have banned foreign reporters from traveling to the region.” The TCHRD called the deaths “confirmed information.”
On Saturday, the TCHRD, based in India, also said two monks committed suicide last month in Sichuan’s Aba County in protest of government oppression. One monk, identified as Lobsang Jinpa from the Aba Kirti Monastery, reportedly killed himself March 27, leaving a signed note saying, “I do not want to live under Chinese oppression even for a minute.” On March 30 at the Aba Gomang Monastery, a 75-year-old monk named Legtsok reportedly took his life, telling his followers he “can’t bear the oppression anymore.” Aba County has been the scene of large protests involving hundreds of monks and supporters in recent weeks.
The official Tibet Daily newspaper reported April 5 that the government plans to step up its “Patriotic Education” campaign. “We should strengthen patriotic education so as to guide the masses of monks to continuously display the patriotic tradition and uphold the banner of patriotism,” the paper quoted Hao Peng, Tibet’s deputy Communist Party Chief.
Chinese authorities say 22 people were killed in the riots in the Tibet since mid-March. The Tibetan government-in-exile puts the toll at up to 140. TCHRD reports that Chinese authorities have arrested over 2,300 in the Tibet Autonomous Region and adjacent Tibetan areas over the past weeks, with sweeps continuing. Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of orchestrating the violence, a charge the spiritual leader has repeatedly denied.
In India, police arrested 17 Tibetan exiles April 5 as they attempted to march from Ladakh into Tibet. The exiles were arrested for violating a law that prohibits entry into sensitive border areas. (AP, TCHRD, April 5; ICT, TCHRD, April 4)
See our last post on Tibet.
Tibetan “independence torch” begins journey
A Tibetan “independence torch” unveiled has arrived in New Delhi from Dharamsala on its first leg of a journey around the world before the Olympics in Beijing. The torch was received by a gathering of 200 Tibetan refugees outside the Jantar Mantar monument in central Delhi. (DPA, April 4)
Meanwhile, a “Human Rights Torch Relay,” kicked off with a rally in San Francisco’s Union Square April 5. (AP, April 5) On April 2, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed 8-3 a controversial resolution sponsored by Chris Daly stating that the city receives the Olympic torch with “alarm and protest at the failure of China to meet its past solemn promises to the international community, including the citizens of San Francisco, to cease the egregious and ongoing human rights abuses in China and occupied Tibet.” It has yet to be signed by Mayor Gavin Newsom (San Mateo Daily Journal, April 2)
What does Uri Avnery and IAC have in common?
Since you love quoting Avnery, I thought you’d enjoy this pearl of wisdom from the old bat:
What “does” they have in common?
Hopefully, not a poor grasp of basic English grammar.
It is to Avnery’s credit that he supports the Tibetans in spite of the obvious reality that the US is exploiting their struggle. This distinguishes him from the IAC, which does not support the Tibetans. That said, I think it is very far from “clear” that “the CIA has planned and organized the riots.”
About the answer one would expect..
…from a shill for the Dalai clique like you
One hopes that the above is an exercise in satire.
Protests follow Olympic torch in London, Paris…
From the Sports Network, April 7:
From the London Times, April 8:
…and San Francisco
From the San Francisco Chronicle, April 8:
After appeasing protest organizers and the ACLU by releasing the torch route (along the Embarcadero and Chinatown), San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom had it changed at the last minute—resulting in what the LA Times called “a bizarre game of hide-and-seek, with officials hustling the flame onto a secretive and meandering route that baffled and angered many would-be spectators.” The paper quoted Newsom April 10:
Nonetheless, while thousands of spectators and protesters alike were left high and dry waiting for a torch that never showed up on the assigned route, one intrepid torch-bearer—New York environmentalist Majora Carter of the group Sustainable South Bronx—unfurled a small Tibetan flag she had hidden up her sleeve. The action won her a harsh rebuke from Coca-Cola, the sponsor which chose Carter to carry the torch in San Francisco. Carter said that as “a civil rights activist in this country,” she could not stand in support of China. The April 11 New York Times account notes the controversial presence of a Chinese security force around the torch:
These so-called “torch-minders,” or Beijing Olympic Games Sacred Flame Protection Unit, were also responsible for some of the repressive violence in London and Paris. The Washington Post reports: “The special squad was made up of closely vetted volunteers from the special forces academy of the paramilitary People’s Armed Police, state-controlled news media reported.” Will they be on hand in Buenos Aires as well?
…and Buenos Aires
From AP, April 11:
So who exactly was giving out those red windbreakers?
Tibetan protests continue in India
From AP, April 10:
This used to be a good publication…
… now it just spews mindless propaganda for the Dalai Clique.
You don’t get it.
We support the Tibetans for exactly the same reasons we support the Zapatistas and peasant movement in Colombia: autonomy for indigenous peoples. For us, it is and always has been about upholding this principle. For you, we surmise, it just about an Oedipus Complex against Big Daddy US Imperialism.
Why people get confused.
Of course US hypocrisy on the Tibet question is rife, as we have already pointed out. But if we let that blind us to the intrinsic right and wrong of the question, we are playing in to the whole global divide-and-conquer scam which is the essence of the state system. From CNN, April 10:
Well, it’s heartwarming to see Ron Paul making common cause with the Stalinists on this…
email from where …. ?
> it just about an Oedipus Complex against Big Daddy US Imperialism.
There is another possibility – that this is English speaking Chinese net surfers supporting the Han / Monroe doctrine and not members of the (idiot) western left. Constant use of the phrase ‘Dalai Clique’ makes me suspicious.