Agam's Gecko
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Paramilitary police march on Saturday March 22 through the streets of Zhongdian, in what is now Chinese Yunnan province. The government has decreed that Zhongdian is the real, actual legendary place known as Shangri-La.
Photo: AP / Greg Baker

hina firmly turned its back on dialogue yesterday, and vowed to "smash anti-China forces in Tibet" in response to increasing calls from world governments for dialogue between the PRC and Dalai Lama. In an editorial in the CCP mouthpiece China Daily, the party said opposition to Chinese rule must be wiped out.
"China must resolutely crush the conspiracy of sabotage and smash 'Tibet independence forces'," the newspaper said in the editorial, rejecting calls from US, European and Asian leaders for talks...

The commentary effectively rebuffed growing international calls for dialogue to end the crackdown on protests that began last week to mark the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Beijing's rule of Tibet.
Meanwhile, a fresh ultimatum for surrender was issued to Tibetans living in what is now Gansu province, via posters and loudspeakers. The deadline for this surrender is March 25 at midnight. Leniency is promised, but few will trust it.

The Tibetan Government in exile has received information that Chinese soldiers have been dressing up as monks and going out on patrol undercover. They're taking yet another page from the Burmese junta playbook.
According to a very reliable source (from within the People's Security Bureau), since 19th March, Chinese military personnel deployed in Lhasa have been dressing up as monks for two main purposes. Firstly, military dressed up as monks are roaming the streets of Lhasa to give of the false image that stability has been restored in Lhasa (even though a Martial Law situation is still prevalent in Lhasa). Secondly, the military dressed as monks are also being used for surveillance purposes to crackdown on the protestors. For example, the military dressed as monks have been interacting with the local Tibetans to collect information, which they have been passing on to their authorities.

We can confirm that personnel from at least four of the military units (listed below) are involved in this duping tactic of falsely dressing up as monks:

1) Border Security (PLA)
2) Coordination Unit (PLA)
3) Military intelligence (PLA)
4) People's Liberation Army- 52 Division (formerly deployed in Gey-chik township, Nyingtri Prefecture)
This does not surprise me in the least, and tends to give credence to a report I found yesterday by an international security analyst and posted on the Canada Free Press website. I had half dismissed the report for lacking details, and this morning found that it had been removed from the site. But as there is now corroboration of the deception tactics being used by the Chinese government, and since Phayul caught it before it was taken down, I'll throw in their copy of the story for what it's worth.
Britain’s GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured...

Discovering that his supporters inside Tibet and China would become even more active in the months approaching the Olympic Games this summer, British intelligence officers in Beijing learned the ruling regime would seek an excuse to move and crush the present unrest.

That fear was publicly expressed by the Dalai Lama. GCHQ’s satellites, geo-positioned in space, were tasked to closely monitor the situation...

The images they downloaded from the satellites provided confirmation the Chinese used agent provocateurs to start riots, which gave the PLA the excuse to move on Lhasa to kill and wound over the past week.
As I said, lacking details, but there it is.

The well-known Tibetan writer Woeser, who blogs in Chinese language, has sent an urgent appeal for the people of Serthar county, Kham region (Ch: Sichuan). Students for a Free Tibet blog gives us the translation:
According to the latest news, in order to protect the Tibetan national flag, people in Kego Township of Serthar County in Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan province, were brutally suppressed by over 5,000 military police between 4:00pm and 5:00pm on March 20!

Up to now, the number of the killed and wounded is over 20. The incident was caused by the fact that the military police shamelessly made the following announcement to the Tibetan people: the Central government directly issued an order to execute anybody who demonstrates. Then when they were about to take off the Tibetan national flag, they were stopped by the Tibetans peacefully, but the military police immediately fired at Tibetans.
She says that the people of Nido Township in Serthar county will face a much more serious threat of massacre tomorrow morning, and pleads for world governments and people to somehow generate some help for them.

The International Commission of Jurists now calls on China for Tibetans to be permitted to demonstrate peacefully, as is their right, and for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations by Chinese security forces.
"The Tibetan people have a right to express in public and private their views about the situation in Tibet. Anyone arrested solely for peacefully protesting or expressing his or her views should be considered to have been arbitrarily detained."


"It is essential that human rights experts be allowed to investigate the situation, including allegations that peaceful protestors have been killed and that other excessive force has been used by the security forces, and that protestors have been arbitrarily arrested and detained. It is in everyone's interest to swiftly clarify exactly what is happening in Tibet now."


The ICJ has been documenting the human rights situation in Tibet since 1959. Ten years ago in an exhaustive study "Tibet: Human Rights and the Rule of Law," (1997) the ICJ concluded that the Tibetan people have a right to self-determination and that a referendum of the Tibetan people to determine the future status of the region would significantly contribute to resolving the political conflict in Tibet.
The ICJ is a very well respected body of international jurists, and it certainly does know the Tibet situation well, over many decades. Wai to SFT Blog for the tip.

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