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TREMORS IN TIBET March 15, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.
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At this stage it is hard to assess reports that suggest there was violence in Lhasa and other Tibetan cities. The ABC reports that there were nonviolent demonstrations by monks, and then angrier and violent demonstrations by others.

ABC News Online reports:

“Now it’s very chaotic outside,” an ethnic Tibetan resident said by telephone. “People have been burning cars and motorbikes and buses. There is smoke everywhere and they have been throwing rocks and breaking windows. We’re scared.”

Another ethnic Tibetan resident said there were “protests everywhere” and accompanied by shouts for independence from China. “It’s no longer just the monks. Now they have been joined by lots of residents,” the man said.

The eruption of anger comes despite Beijing’s repeated claims that the Tibetan people are grateful for improved lives, and it threatens to stain preparations for the Olympics, when the Government hopes to show off national prosperity and harmony.

“These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance,” the Dalai Lama said in a statement.

The Beijing Olympics is one frame in which these events will be seen, but there are others. Interestingly, it seems that the monks have played a leading role, suggesting a parallel with Burma, and that the populace in part has spontaneously taken on protest. This would indicate part news for China, and by implication there policy of assimilation of Tibet and of transmigration.

Doubtless the situation will become clearer, or the Chinese will endeavour to pull down the shutters and cut off any contact with the outside world. Perhaps, as in Burma, they will cut off the internet and telephone connections.

Doubtless the situation will become clearer, or the Chinese will endeavour to pull down the shutters and cut off any contact with the outside world. Perhaps, as in Burma, they will cut off the internet and telephone connections.

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