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Old 01-18-2013, 09:31 AM
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As Tibet Burns, China Makes Arrests, Seizes TVs


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BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities are responding to an intensified wave of Tibetan self-immolation protests against Chinese rule by clamping down even harder - criminalizing the suicides, arresting protesters' friends and even confiscating thousands of satellite TV dishes.

The harsh measures provide an early indication that the country's new leadership is not easing up on Tibet despite the burning protests and international condemnation.

For months, as Tibetans across western China doused themselves in gasoline and set themselves alight, authorities responded by sending in security forces to seal off areas and prevent information from getting out, but those efforts did not stop or slow the protests. The self-immolations even accelerated in November as China's ruling Communist Party held a pivotal leadership transition.

Then the government went on the offensive in December, announcing through a state-owned newspaper that the burnings are the work of foreign hostile forces keen on separating Tibet from the mainland and that those who help others self-immolate are liable to be prosecuted for murder. Arrests quickly followed.

"Tibet is getting into the global evening news because of self-immolations and so there's this anxiety to bring it under control," said Michael Davis, a law professor and Tibet expert at the University of Hong Kong. Davis said he expected the government to continue to take a repressive and conservative approach. "The new leadership will be particularly anxious not to have any of these problems blow up in their face."
FULL ARTICLE : http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...01-18-03-58-35

This is one of those humanitarian crisis you rarely hear about, but gets more brutal every week.
 
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:08 PM
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I don't think that China could even allow Tibet autonomy, I mean real autonomy and what is left for independance. Tibet is a vaulable for its resources and for it strategic location. And if it is left independent the most natural ally of Tibet would be India, one of the main rivals of China in the region. But personally I would be really happy to see and independant Tibet, although I doubt it.
 
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