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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Chinese open fire on protesters

You have to love how everyone seems to be giving the Chinese a pass in their recent escapades surrounding Tibet. The Times Online reports that at least two people were killed and dozens were wounded:

Hundreds of monks, nuns and local Tibetans who tried to march on a local government office in western China to demand the return of the Dalai Lama have been turned back by paramilitary police who opened fire to disperse the crowd.

Local residents of Luhuo said two people – a monk and a farmer – appeared to have been shot dead and about a dozen were wounded in the latest violence to rock Tibetan areas of China.

The demonstration began at about 4pm local time when about 200 nuns from Woge nunnery and a similar number of monks from Jueri monastery marched out of their hillside sanctuaries and walked towards the Luhuo Third District government office in the nearby town. They were swiftly joined by an estimated several hundred farmers and nomads, witnesses said.

Shouting “Long Live the Dalai Lama” and “Tibet belongs to Tibetans”, they approached the district government office. However, paramilitary People’s Armed Police swiftly appeared and ordered the crowd to turn back. Town residents reported that, in the ensuing melee, shots were fired and two people appeared to have died.

Of course, the Chinese claim they're using restraint:

China says it has acted with the utmost restraint in response to the unrest. It said paramilitary had opened fire on protesters in Aba, a nearby district of Sichuan province, last week, wounding four people. Tibetans say several people were killed in the shooting.

Honestly, I don't know why there isn't more talk of a possible boycott of the opening ceremonies in the upcoming Olympics. We will not support an all-out boycott because then you are hurting the athletes, who have nothing to do with China's barbaric tactics. But a boycott of the opening ceremonies would be a slap in the face for China. Furthermore, some serious protest and complaints need to be lodged with the IOC as to their choice for sites.

The piece goes on to say that they had obtained a "confession" from one of those they were able to catch -- a protester from last weeks violence in China. Face it, folks, the people they round up now will be kept under wraps until the games are over, then they'll quietly be shot. This is the way the Chinese deal with people they disagree with. And there is no sensible reason why any freedom-loving country should have anything to do with them.

Publius II


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