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China seeks "absolute security" in Tibet for Olympics

August 1, 2008

By Chris Buckley
July 30, 2008

BEIJING -- Chinese police guarding restive Tibet have been mobilized
to ensure "absolute security" there during the Beijing Olympics and
are looking for stronger international support, an official newspaper
said on Wednesday.

China says followers of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled Buddhist
leader, fomented riots and protests across the mountain region in
March in a bid to derail the Games that start Aug 8.

The Dalai Lama has rejected the accusation, but since that unrest
security forces in Tibet and neighboring provinces have mounted a
sweeping crackdown on challenges to Chinese control.

The Tibet Daily announced even tougher policing during the Games,
when any shows of defiance by pro-Tibet independence groups could
embarrass the government before a worldwide audience.

In an effort to ensure "absolute security without a single lapse",
police will redouble guards at major buildings, strengthen border
controls and seek to expand international efforts to stifle
anti-China activists, the report said. It appeared on an official
Tibet Website (

"We must further improve anti-terror plans, and take swift measures
against all forms of violence and terrorist activities," said the
report, citing a meeting of the Tibet public security office on Sunday.

The report suggested Chinese police will be looking for stronger
international help, possibly with countries near Tibet.

They will seek to "strengthen and improve forms of cooperation in
international policing, and expand the region and scope of policing
cooperation...resolutely smashing the separatist activities of the
Dalai clique," the report said.

China has pressed India and Nepal, where many thousands of exiled
Tibetans live, to do more against pro-Tibet independence groups in
their countries.

Chinese officials have said "terror" groups demanding independence
for Tibet and for Muslim Uighur people of far west Xinjiang are key
security threats in the Games.

Thousands of additional People's Armed Police, the country's force
for quelling domestic threats, have been deployed around Beijing. And
their official newspaper issued a fiery warning of threats facing the Games.

The People's Armed Police News said "hostile forces" and terrorists
had visited Beijing many times to choose targets. It gave no details.

"Without exception they are sharpening their blades and itching to
act," the paper said of Uighur, Tibetan and other targeted groups.

"Hostile forces and terrorists are seeking to create an international
impact, and they will certainly stretch their black hands toward
Olympic venues and major targets."

Tibetan and Uighur activists and human rights groups have said
Beijing exaggerates threats to justify repressing peaceful protest
and has not allowed impartial checks.

"We're concerned that the lack of independent access to areas like
Tibet and Xinjiang may make it more convenient for the government to
hype an alleged terrorist or security threat," said Phelim Kine, an
Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch.

But even small, non-violent protests by Tibetans could upset the
Chinese government, which has choreographed the Games as a show of
patriotic unity.

Police in Tibet have had holidays cancelled until the Games end, the
report said.

Xinjiang, too, is under unusually strict security. The 4,299 public
buses in the regional capital Urumqi would carry "security
inspectors" up to and during the Games, the Legal Daily reported.
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