‘Essential’ gifts from China

Chinese authorities in Tibet have distributed more than a million flags and pictures of the four leaders of Communist China: Mao Zedong, Hu Jintao, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin to monasteries and villages, as part of an intensified campaign to force Communist Party ideology on Tibetan communities/life.

The campaign aims to deliver to monasteries ‘nine essentials’ including the Chinese flag, Chinese leadership pictures and Chinese official newspapers, books and films.

Online images show monks at a Tibetan monastery being handed the ‘leadership pictures’ by the Party Secretary of Lhasa City on 16 December.

Another image appears to display the unveiling of a giant picture hung on a government compound building in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, last month, the same type as those forced to display in monasteries. 

In stark contrast to these state-sanctioned scenes of patriotic harmony, local authorities reportedly expelled four monks from Rawu Shulten monastery in eastern Tibet for ‘refusing to display the flag and photos.’

A source says, ‘Chinese officials went on to force senior monks to close down the monastery…’

US vice president Joe Biden is presumably keeping this in mind and wearing his snazzy new t-shirt at all times.

Joe Biden with Chinese Vice President  Xi Jinping last week

 Photo Credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Monastry Official Self-immolates 
17 February 2012 
Monk was member of monastery Democratic Management Committee
Tibetan monk Tamchoe Sangpo died after setting himself on fire today at approximately 6am local time.
Tamchoe, who was in his late 30s, was a teacher at the Bongthak Monastery, scene of his self-immolation.
He  was also a member of the Democratic Management Committee of the  monastery, a government-controlled body set up to monitor the affairs of  monasteries and nunneries.
Security clampdown
Chinese  security personnel had been present at the monastery from 23 January to  watch over the monks’ daily activities after a patriotic re-education  campaign there had met with protests.
Tamchoe had asked the security personnel to leave, but his request was ignored.
Communication blackout 
The  monastery is now subject to military checkpoint to prevent people  entering or leaving, and its phone lines have been cut in an attempt to  control flow of information.
Tamchoe  is the latest case in a wave of self-immolations in Tibet. Over the  last year, more than 20 people are known to have set themselves on fire  in protest of the Chinese oppression.
How you can help 
Contact your nearest Chinese embassy asking for an immediate end to the use of disproportionate force in Tibet. 
Join Free Tibet 
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Monastry Official Self-immolates

17 February 2012

Monk was member of monastery Democratic Management Committee

Tibetan monk Tamchoe Sangpo died after setting himself on fire today at approximately 6am local time.

Tamchoe, who was in his late 30s, was a teacher at the Bongthak Monastery, scene of his self-immolation.

He was also a member of the Democratic Management Committee of the monastery, a government-controlled body set up to monitor the affairs of monasteries and nunneries.

Security clampdown

Chinese security personnel had been present at the monastery from 23 January to watch over the monks’ daily activities after a patriotic re-education campaign there had met with protests.

Tamchoe had asked the security personnel to leave, but his request was ignored.

Communication blackout

The monastery is now subject to military checkpoint to prevent people entering or leaving, and its phone lines have been cut in an attempt to control flow of information.

Tamchoe is the latest case in a wave of self-immolations in Tibet. Over the last year, more than 20 people are known to have set themselves on fire in protest of the Chinese oppression.

How you can help

Contact your nearest Chinese embassy asking for an immediate end to the use of disproportionate force in Tibet.

Join Free Tibet

Support Free Tibet

Speech quotes from Nagaba’s newly appointed Communist Party chief of Ngaba

The Beijing appointed, new Communist Party chief of Ngaba, has vowed to maintain stability in the region and strike severely at the activities of hostile forces.

We must strictly prevent and severely strike at the activities of domestic and foreign hostile forces seeking to split, infiltrate and sabotage,”
Liu Zuoming was quoted as saying by AFPin a speech he gave to local officials Saturday.

Liu was further quoted as saying: "We must thoroughly smash any plot seeking to sabotage the stability of Aba and endanger the unity of the motherland,"

A government prosecutor, Liu, 54 and a member of China’s Han Chinese majority, was appointed as party chief on February 11. Until his new appointment, Liu headed the province’s justice bureau. His predecessor in Ngaba, Shi Jun, has been promoted to police chief (PSB) for Sichuan.

For more on Ngaba and the new law enforcer read today’s article in the Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/new-law-enforcer-to-get-tough-on-tibetans-6950304.html

BBC’s Beijing correspondent did an excellent piece on Tibet. It was aired on the BBC 10 o’clock news yesterday.

It is currently the third most watched video on BBC website – it would be great if we could get it up to first place – as that will bring lots of people who do not know what is happening inside Tibet to the issue. If you haven’t already seen it pls do watch and share.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16975739

Thanks

Self-immolation and protests spread to new Tibetan prefecture

A monk in his 30s set fire to himself on the main road of La Township, Tridu County, Jyekundo Autonomous Prefecture (Ch: Chenduo County, Yushu Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai) yesterday, 8 February, between 1 and 2pm local time (1). Eye-witnesses report that he was alive but in a serious condition when he taken away by security personnel.

Earlier on 8 February, in Zathod Township, also in Tridu County, approximately 50 monks began a protest, calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, for respect for Tibetan intellectuals and for the immediate release of the Panchen Lama (2). The monks had heard about the global vigils for Tibet (3) through radio broadcasts and this is what prompted them to protest. They marched from the local monastery but were stopped by police at the bridge between the monastery and the township. At this point, up to 300 more monks joined them. This larger group of monks continued marching for an estimated one kilometre when they were again stopped by police. The protest continued until 3pm when the monks returned to the monastery.

A few days earlier, on 4 February in the same Township, at approximately 4pm, four young men in their 20s protested in front of Zathod Township Police Office shouting slogans. They were taken away by police. The wellbeing and whereabouts of these four men are unknown.

Prior to these protests, local people in Zathod Township had discussed not celebrating New Year to show solidarity with recent protestors and Tibetans who have self-immolated in other areas.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

Tibetans are taking to the streets in increasing numbers and choosing to set fire to themselves to protest Chinese policies across an ever widening area. Despite the evident risks inherent in defying China’s one-state ideology – five shot dead and many more wounded in the last weeks – Tibetans are standing and speaking up for freedom in solidarity with their fellow countrymen.

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Notes to editors


1) This is the 21st Tibetan to set fire to themselves in protest at Chinese policies since March 2011 
http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/selfimmolations
2) http://www.freetibet.org/campaigns/political-prisoner-panchen-lama
3) http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/global-solidarity-vigils-tibet
4) http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/press-release-tibetan-shot-dead-ngaba-autonomous-prefecture

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