And The Anti-Tibetan, Chinese Propaganda Comments Begin… Again

Chinese propagandists are starting to infiltrate the blogosphere.

Last year, as we here at Precious Metal kept you up to date with news articles on the protests worldwide in support of Tibet running up to the Olympic Games in Beijing, many of those posts we inundated with comments. 75% of those comments were negative, mainly from Chinese propagandists who have nothing better to do than defame the Tibetan people’s history, present and their future. See this post at the end (the reader comments) to see just how it is all beginning again. It is not the end, as the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising is upon us. And yet again, we will continue to update you and the world on the unethical and immoral treatment of the Tibetan people by the Chinese government.

UK protesters mark anniversary of Tibetan uprising

From CNN

Protesters draped themselves in the colorful flag of Tibet and shouted slogans at the Chinese embassy in London on Saturday at the start of a demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary since the Tibetan uprising against China.

“Tibetans in Tibet — we are with you!” they shouted. “China, China, China — out, out, out!”

The small but fervent group marched from the embassy through west London to Trafalgar Square, where they were due to hear a speech by Thomas Shao Jiang, a Chinese dissident who was one of the student organizers of the Tiananmen Square protest in Beijing in 1989.

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Lhasa reported ‘tense’ before uprising anniversary

From Associated Press

Tensions are high in Tibet’s capital and paramilitary police are out in force, Hong Kong tourists reported Friday, while Chinese authorities sought to portray a stable situation ahead of Tuesday’s 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that forced the Dalai Lama into exile.

Armed officers are positioned across Lhasa, creating a highly “tense” atmosphere, and police also are blocking roads leading to eastern parts of Tibet, a 33-year-old Hong Kong traveler told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

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Monks ‘march against prayer ban’

From EIRCom

Defiant Buddhist monks banned from marking a key Tibetan new year prayer festival have marched in protest in south-west China.

The march was the latest resistance to Chinese rule before sensitive anniversaries in Tibet.

Tensions are high over harsh security measures set up before the new year, which began on February 25. The Monlam prayer festival started on Saturday and ends on March 11.

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Oasis ‘barred from China’ over Free Tibet gig

From AFP

British rock supergroup Oasis said Chinese authorities had banned it from performing in China because guitarist Noel Gallagher played at a Free Tibet benefit concert 12 years ago.

Oasis, led by brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, said authorities had abruptly ordered organisers to cancel two shows — April 3 in Beijing and April 5 in Shanghai — that would have marked their debut in mainland China.

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Dalai Lama Urges Tibetans Not to Respond to Chinese Provocation

From Bloomberg

The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, called on his supporters to show restraint and not be provoked by an alleged Chinese military crackdown in the region during the Tibetan New Year.

China has recently built up forces in Tibet and people face “torture and detention” if they protest, the Buddhist monk said in a statement to mark the start of the holiday today.

“The strike-hard campaign has been re-launched in Tibet and there is a heavy presence of armed security and military forces in most of the cities,” said the Dalai Lama.

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Three men set themselves on fire in Beijing

From The Guardian

Three men set themselves on fire in the heart of the capital, Beijing, today, official media reported.

The men ignited a fire inside their car at 3pm on the busy junction of Wangfujing, a popular shopping street, and Chang’an Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, which leads to Tiananmen Square.

The men’s condition is not known, the state news agency Xinhua reported, quoting a Beijing government spokesman.

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China issues call to crush supporters of the Dalai Lama

From AFP

China has ordered government and security forces in Tibet to crush any signs of support for the Dalai Lama, state media said yesterday, as the tense 50th anniversary of an anti-Chinese uprising nears.

A conference of Tibetan leaders ordered authorities to “mobilise and fully deploy” to maintain stability, the Tibet Daily said, in a possible indication China fears unrest ahead of the March 10 anniversary.

“The meeting called on the party, government, military, police and public in all areas… to firmly crush the savage aggression of the Dalai clique, defeat separatism, and wage people’s war to maintain stability,” the paper said of the meeting in Lhasa.

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Security forces patrol Tibetan town in NW China

From Reuters

Security forces put on a show of force in the important Tibetan monastery town of Xiahe in the foothills of the Tibetan plateau before a sensitive Tibetan anniversary.

March will mark the 50th anniversary of the exile of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s highest religious leader, and the one-year anniversary of protests against Chinese rule in Lhasa and in Tibetan communities across the plateau.

Riot police marched through Xiahe’s tense main street at regular intervals on Saturday morning, while vehicles were stopped and checked at military road blocks about 200 km (120 miles) from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province.

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