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China up to its regular repression – this time in Tibet

It is being reported that China is currently upto its usual practice of repression. Nobody can really forget the Tienanmen Square massacre of 1989 where China employed its soldiers and military machine to murder thousands of its own young citizens in cold blood. After that, China employed the same tactics against the practitioners of the Falun Gong sect (for some reason, seeing these members as being against the Communist party), and quite recently, China has been using its heavy-handed tactics to put down the frequent protests by the various rural citizens across the country (protesting against the repression, land-grab and corruption of the Communist Party). So, it would not surprise anyone if even the hint of a protest by Tibeteans leads to large-scale suppression. After all, China annexed Tibet in 1951, and ever since then, it is has been trying to assimilate Tibet through trying to put down Tibet’s culture, its leader (the Dalai Lama is a strict no-no for anybody trying to get into China’s good books), and by moving the main Han Chinese into Tibet. In the wake of all this, it is still surprising that Tibeteans even try to protest. Well, this is the week when a protest and the put-down by China have been making worldwide news:

Tibet was hit by a fresh wave of violence Friday as protests by hundreds of Buddhist monks and other residents against Chinese rule resulted in burned shops, vandalized police vehicles and at least 10 deaths, government officials and witnesses said. American citizens in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, reported rioting and gunfire, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said in a warning to stay away from the city, which has seen several days of anti-Chinese protests.
“There’s smoke and flames coming from the old city, but I can’t tell what’s going on since soldiers have surrounded the area,” said one Lhasa resident by telephone, who declined to be identified because of fear of repercussions. A tour guide surnamed Zhu, who wouldn’t give his first name, said there was a police and military crackdown underway, particularly in the area around Jokhang Temple. He said he could see dozens of military vehicles. Tibet is among the most tightly controlled areas in China. Protests first flared March 10, when monks took to the streets to mark the anniversary of a 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. Communist Chinese troops seized control of Tibet in 1950.

China has enforced the regular tactics. There is a total cut-off of information flow with journalists no longer being allowed there; and of course, it is out of the question that people in the mainland will be able to see what is going on. The thing that has changed from previous times is the spread of information technology, and it is now a fight between the efforts of Chinese censors and the Government to implement control and the use of technology to get information out. In the short run, China will win. Western Governments are too tightly involved with the Chinese Government and its economy to raise much of a stink, but at some point, freedom will prevail.

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