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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

RFA: Updates on Tibet

June 10, 2008

Radio Free Asia (RFA)
June 5, 2008

As communication becomes more difficult with people living inside
Tibet, cell phone conversations with family and friends overseas and
second-hand accounts continue to describe events. For security
reasons, we do not identify some of our sources by name in order to
protect them from retaliation.

Armed paramilitary police are paraded by the truckload along the
streets of Lijiang, south of Shangrila on March 24, 2008 in southwest
China's Yunnan province. AFP

* "Tibetan man doing business in Ngari" (in Chinese, Ali) Prefecture,
TAR, June 3, 2008:

"Chinese helicopters are flying over the Ngari area on an almost
daily basis, and convoys of military trucks are on display in the
main towns of the prefecture. Local Tibetans see these activities as
a show of force meant to threaten and intimidate them."

"Chinese authorities have ordered all Tibetan families in the area to
send one member from each family to serve in the local Chinese
militia. All those conscripted into the militia are being trained at
a place called Tashi Gang in Ngari. They are forced to wear uniforms
issued by the Chinese."

"The police have warned Tibetans not to provide information about the
local situation to outsiders. Anyone caught doing this will face
severe punishment."

* "A Tibetan woman, 79, in Draggo" (in Chinese, Luhuo) County, Kardze
(in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, June 3, 2008:

"The 'patriotic education' campaign has been vigorously enforced in
Tibetan areas and monasteries in the Draggo area during the past few
days. On May 31, the Chinese authorities convened a meeting in a town
close to Chogri monastery in Draggo and tried to force people to
denounce the Dalai Lama. Many poor Tibetans were offered large sums
of money to condemn the Dalai Lama and oppose Tibetan independence.
The Chinese seem to be placing great importance on these criticisms
of the Dalai Lama."

"I am 79 years old, and I have never before seen or heard of monetary
incentives for condemning the Dalai Lama. Those Tibetans who would
not criticize the Dalai Lama were threatened with expulsion from the
area. The Chinese officials claimed that all the land belongs to
China, and that anyone refusing to comply with the patriotic
education campaign or refusing to sign [the condemnations of the
Dalai Lama] was free to go to India or any other place."

"I heard that some poor families signed, but 90 percent of the
Tibetans there refused to sign the criticisms of the Dalai Lama, even
under threat of confiscation of their land and homes."
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