Sunday, March 22, 2009
NEW UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE OF CHINESE TORTURE OF TIBETANS
ew and extremely rare video footage smuggled out of Tibet was released by the exiled Central Tibetan Administration on Friday. These scenes are described as having been recorded in or near Lhasa sometime after the beginning of the latest uprising just over one year ago. The video documentation, only part of which is included in the embedded clip below, is a chilling verification of something I've had to write in virtually every incident account posted on this blog over the past year.
In nearly every reported case of protest — whether by a solo protester, a small handful of people or a larger group — there have been a number of constant features. Freedom slogans are raised, sometimes leaflets are distributed, and Tibetan national symbols are often displayed. In other words, these are non-violent demonstrations of national anguish. Security forces respond promptly and arrests are made, with the inevitable "severe beatings" dished out prior to carting the people away in police trucks — whether they be nuns, monks or laypeople. This does not conform with normally accepted police practice, yet it seems to be standard procedure for China's colonial forces.
This is a sample of what that looks like.
While your humble correspondent gets caught up on the reports over the past week (I returned from Jakarta last night) to assemble the next major post here, I leave the readers to ponder this new evidence and wonder whether the usual Chinese officials will respond by denouncing it as "hurting the feelings of the Chinese people." They certainly have no inhibitions against hurting the feelings (and the bodies) of the Tibetan people.
The short clip included above is merely the portion of this smuggled footage which seems suitable for general, unsuspecting viewing. I didn't want to spring the full, gruesome and frankly inhuman evidence of the Chinese torture of Tendar, a young Tibetan professional who worked for China Mobile in Lhasa, without issuing the strongest possible content warning.
Tendar was on his way to his office and had tried to intervene as he saw Chinese police beating a lone monk on March 14, 2008. Tendar was badly disfigured by a number of creative methods and his wounds were sealed with plastic wrap, which caused necrosis and the rotting away of his very body. He survived his injuries until his death on June 19, 2008.
If you have a very strong stomach, you can watch the whole video here (note: cowardly YouTube took it down; link now changed to blip.tv). It's also available in Quicktime format, along with two others, for download here.