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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Chinese authorities accused of prejudice over restaurant complaint

August 13, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
August 12, 2010

Dharamsala, August 12 -- Chinese authorities in
Sog County, Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) have
threatened Tibetans with arrest for what they
called an "attempt to create rumor and communal
discord," a Tibetan exile with contacts in the region told Phayul.

The incident took place on August 3 when four
Tibetans lodged complaint with the Public
Security Bureau against a restaurant owner after
they allegedly found a human finger in a dish
they ordered at a Chinese restaurant.

Several cases of customers finding human nails in
dishes served at some Chinese restaurants have
been reported in the area, however no one has
lodged a formal complaint against the owners with
the police. "This is the first time Tibetans had
taken the matter to the PSB," the source said.

However, the security officials charged the
Tibetans on attempts to create problems and upon
warranting arrest for the "crime," other Tibetans
came forward as witnesses to confirm the incident and avoided their arrest.

The owner of the Chinese restaurant, a Han
Chinese, was arrested but released on August 5.

The Tibetans in the region have accused the
authorities of racial discrimination and unequal treatment.
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