Feb 22, 2012: Lhasa – China bolsters police in Tibet as anti-Beijing protests flare

East-Asia-Intel.com, February 22, 2012

In recent weeks, more than two dozen Tibetan Buddhists have set themselves on fire in protest over continuing Chinese repression. As a result, Beijing has dramatically tightened its military presence in Tibetan areas in the restive western region, and imposed a virtual marshal law over all monasteries and key cities.

In the capital city of Lhasa, Chinese security forces violently expelled more than 20 Buddhists from two traditional hermitage sites, according to a Radio Free Asia report. In the ethnically volatile county of Driru, Chinese security forces attempted to blanket all the Buddhist monasteries.

"Five truckloads of Chinese troops have arrived in Driru," a Tibetan monk was quoted by RFA as saying, "Three [troop trucks] are stationed at Driru Monastery, and two were sent to Pekar Monastery."

In recent months Beijing has stepped up repressive measures through what international human rights organizations unanimously call a "massive intrusion" into Tibetan lives. They have banned all images of the Dalai Lama, and instead forced every monastery, school and village center to display the portraits of four communist leaders — Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.

China sees the Dalai Lama as the ultimate culprit for its "trouble" in Tibetan-living areas within China. Beijing has steadfastly refused to engage in any meaningful dialogue with the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

Since 1959, a Tibetan government-in-exile has been based in the village of Dharamsala in North India, — a sore point in the Indian-Chinese relationship.

Beijing has been turning the screws on the Indian government to stop hosting the Tibetan government-in-exile. On Feb. 8, during the height of the current surge in crackdowns in Tibet, Zhou Yongkang, China’s top cop in charge of internal security, scored a major diplomatic victory by extracting a statement from visiting Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, who said: "India recognizes Tibet as a part of China and will tolerate no anti-China activities on Indian territory."



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