Don’t even watch them on your television. On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi responded to US criticism of its human rights record by saying that those “who want to tarnish the image of China … will never get their way.” The Chinese government doesn’t need any help to tarnish its image — it does a first-rate job itself. The recent events in Lhasa once again reveal the face of China’s fascist dictatorship.
The commemoration of the 49th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet set off the biggest anti-Chinese demonstrations in nearly two decades, spreading from Lhasa to the far reaches of the country. The Chinese army moved in with tanks, anti-riot vehicles, and trucks. From a phone message:
“The Chinese shot at everybody in sight and blood and piles of corpses are lying around the main temple Tsuglakhang in Lhasa. Many people have been put into prison where they are being beaten. Tibetans are being forced to beat up their own countrymen. Many Tibetans are refusing to do so.” Read more
The Chinese media claim that the Dalai Lama instigated the uprising: “The Dalai Lama and his clique have never for a day refrained from violence and terror,” said a commentator. Anybody who has ever read or listened to the words of the Dalai Lama knows what utter twisted nonsense this is.
According to eye witnesses, the city of Lhasa is under a near state of emergency, with many people afraid to go outside. Foreign tourists arriving at the airport were not allowed to enter the city but had to spend the day at the airport hotel. Temples, hospitals and schools are under military control — not a site for visitors to see. Not visitor-friendly, period.
The international community is strongly condemning the Chinese crackdown which may have cost more than 100 lives so far. Barak Obama was one of the most outspoken critics. In a statement late Friday, he declared: “I condemn the use of violence to put down peaceful protests, and call on the Chinese government to respect the basic human rights of the people of Tibet, and to account for the whereabouts of detained Buddhist monks.”
What a different attitude from the current US president who doesn’t have a clue about basic human rights.