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Riots in Lhasa

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The news of an escalation in protests against the Chinese occupation comes from the capital of Tibet. The timid manifestations of monks that were held earlier in the week, at the 49th anniversary of a popular uprising against the 1950 invasion and that the Popular Army repressed with blood and fire almost half a century ago, have evolved into less peaceful protests.

After the arrest of several monks in the aforementioned demonstrations, hundreds of religious took to the streets to ask for their freedom and were dispersed with tear gas. Police cordoned off at least three monasteries in the capital (Drepun, Sera and Ganden) to avoid further demonstrations.

In one of the subsequent incidents, when 300 monks left the monastery of Sera, the security forces prevented it and at least one of them was beaten to the ground.

Citizens of Lhasa seem to have joined the protest and there is at least one police car on fire and the Tromsikhang market on Bakor Street, a busy commercial district, would have been burned down.

I have done a quick investigation in the official Chinese press online, obviously in its English version, and I have not found the slightest comment about it. The most prominent news on its covers is the closing this morning of the 11th National Committee of the Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese People, the highest political consultation body within the communist apparatus.

If there is something in which the People's Republic of China stands out, it is in its strict control of information and censorship prior to any news, so it would not be surprising that when the official press deals with the issue, it minimizes and blames the Dalai Lama of inciting a rebellion, which has no prospects of prospering given the well-nourished network of Chinese spies and informants and an overwhelming military presence, which I could see first hand a few months ago, near Lake Nam-Tso, when I crossed at times different with convoys of more than a hundred army trucks.

We will update the news as soon as more data arrives.

Via, BBC

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