`Violence in Tibet will be resolutely put down`

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 21:10

Beijing: China on Tuesday vowed to "resolutely
crack down" any attempt to incite unrest, blaming overseas
activist groups and the Dalai Lama of instigating the recent
spate of self-immolations by Buddhist monks and violent
clashes in Tibetan-inhabited areas.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said clashes last
month between Tibetans and security forces in Sichuan province
were the work of "criminals" and were instigated by overseas
groups advocating for Tibetan independence.

"We believe that this is a case of a handful of criminals
illegally gathering and smashing and looting," Liu said.

"The Chinese government will resolutely crack down on any
attempt to incite violence or to disrupt national unity and
integrity," he asserted.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) initiated the signature
campaign among the religious believers calling upon the
Tibetans to self-immolate and protest, Liu told journalists
during a briefing here.

The TYC asked signatories to choose to self immolate at
different times, he said.

Officially 16 monks and nuns have attempted self-
immolations so far, demanding the return of the Dalai Lama and
three more reportedly committed suicide recently.

Liu also blamed the Dalai Lama for the spate of self-
immolations by Tibetan monks.

The Dalai Lama while receiving religious believers from
Tibet "preached actions were more important than praying", Liu
said.

Liu`s comments came after China fired three local
officials in Tibet and issued a strong warning to others,
telling them to be on guard to maintain "stability" in the
restive Himalayan region.

While three administration officials in Tibet were
dismissed for dereliction of duty in two separate cases, a
notification issued for others warned of on the spot
sacking if they fail to maintain social stability.

"Officials should always keep a clear mind and fully
understand the extreme importance and urgency of maintaining
stability at this time," Tibet Daily quoted a notification
issued by the Tibet discipline commission as saying.

This was perhaps the first time that such a notice was
issued after the 2008 riots in which mobs in the Tibetan
capital Lhasa went on a rampage reportedly venting their ire
against increasing settlements of people from mainland.

China blamed the Dalai Lama for instigating the riots.

Meanwhile, justifying recent police firing on recent
violent protest in Sichuan province, Liu said a "handful of
criminal mobs" attacked civilian facilities and stores.

Authorities will resolutely crackdown on any attempt to
incite violence, he said, adding that any country would have
reacted the same way if police stations are attacked.

Providing a detailed account of what happened during the
recent violence, Liu said while attacking the police stations
the agitators shouted slogans calling for Tibetan
independence, which is the "core appeal" of the protesters.

"They also distributed materials publicising Tibet
independence," he said.

Some overseas organisation and Tibet independent
organisations issued information distorting facts immediately
following the incidents which is quite surprising?, Liu said.

"They also made remarks attacking Chinese government and
its ethnic policies. It shows they are colluded the
premeditated the incidents", he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 21:10

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