Lhasa Riots

By: Jigme Duntak

I see so many Chinese outraged by Tibetans who attacked these Chinese migrants inside Lhasa, and rightfully so, I am angered by it as well, but where was this same anger by these people when Tibetan children were shot at and even killed (one as young as 17) at Nangpa la Pass? Weren’t those Tibetans Chinese nationals under the Chinese law? Where was the remorse or coverage for them in the Chinese media? It all seems like a lopsided outpouring of sympathy to me.

At least in this case, where Tibetans attacked innocent civilians, those perpetrators can be found and punished for their actions. However when the Chinese government attacks their own citizens do we see the same justice? At Nangpa la pass the soldiers, who shot and killed Tibetan Chinese nationals who were 500 yards away, were excused under the pretext that they “acted in defense”.

It all seems absurd to me.

6 thoughts on “Lhasa Riots

  1. The people of Tibet must be free!
    People should read this article for a different viewpoint on how to free Tibet

    Tibet: riots shake Chinese occupation
    18 March 2008
    In less than a week, what began as a peaceful demonstration by 300 monks in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, has grown into a widespread movement against China’s occupation of Tibet and even spread into China itself. Peter Main argues the masses should make these courageous protests the first acts of a revolution in Tibet and across the whole of China
    http://www.fifthinternational.org/index.php?id=210,1339,0,0,1,0

  2. TenDolkar

    I’m sure you’ve seen those youtube videos that anti-Tibetan/anti-Tibet independence people have been putting up and the nasty ignorant comments they keep leaving. one thing I really don’t understand is really how they keep pointing finger at the western world and their abuses from centuries back while China are committing them in the present time. ? what is wrong with these people? you are right; these people are hypocritical to the core.

  3. Before we condemn China, we have to get the truth and ask ourselves. Why did somebody start the unrest right before the Olympics? Who’s behind the riot? Should we allow a small number of slave owners go back to the slavery system? Let’s get the truth first.

    The truth is that most Tibetans don’t want to go back to the old slavery system. This is a coordinated effort both inside and outside Tibet to distort the fact, and sabotage the Olympics.
    Unfortunately some of our media also followed those people without investigating, and getting the fact and truth first.

    Should people like Nancy Pelosi get some Chinese history education before open their mouths?

    James Miles, of The Economist, just witnessed what happened in Lhasa about March 189. He said “What I saw was calculated targeted violence against an ethnic group, or I should say two ethnic groups, primarily ethnic Han Chinese living in Lhasa, but also members of the Muslim Hui minority in Lhasa.”

  4. There is no evidence to suggest that the riots were a coordinated effort by outside and inside influences to sabotage the Olympics. The Chinese government claims to have evidence that the Dalai Lama initiated the riots but they have yet to show or provide the alleged evidence.

    No Tibetans are advocating going back to a slave system, provide some evidence because I’ve never ever heard of such nonsense. The Tibetan people would never stand for that. The very reason most of the Tibetans are uprising is to win more freedoms, how is it logical that they would fight to re-institute a slavery society where more freedoms taken away from them?

  5. Deer Li

    Historically speaking, Tibet has been an integral of China for almost 1000 years, a history that is much longer than that of the white people taking control of the North America and the Oceania.

    Those pro-Tibet activities always make me laugh when they say that Tibet is now lacking in freedom and human rights under the government of China, and that Dalai Lama stands for peace and human rights. Do these people know that before Tibet was librated by the People’s Republic of China, it had been a place of slavery system??? In such a society, the slaves had no human rights at all, because they were not treated or even considered as human beings! What made it worse was that the Tibetan monks were tightly associated with slave owners, and actually almost all the Dalai Lama were “selected” from noble families in Tibet. The Buddhism thinks that all human beings are equal, and if that is so, why the “Living Buddha” always reincarnate into a noble family? Therefore the “human rights”, if any, in Tibet were only the rights of the slave owners and high-class monks. Actually, it was the Chinese government that brought into that area the concepts of freedom and equality. In 1950, the Chinese government demanded that all slaves in Tibet must be freed and became free people ever since. And it was because Dalai Lama and some nobles could not accept the idea of “equality” that they fled away from China.

    In one sentence: Tibet had never ever been a place of freedom, peace or equality, until it was liberated by the Chinese government! Sarcastically, now the slave owners blame slave liberators of mistreating people! If the slave owners are crying for their lost privileges, let them cry. The times of their absolute control over slaves are over, for ever!

    Then why are there some people outside China who have never ever entered Tibet or knew the truth of Tibet claim that they are for Tibet’s independence or Tibetans’ human rights? I think the root cause lies in the cold-war antagonism against China, plus the envy of China’s quick growth nowadays and increasing influence over the world. For those people, anything that can cause trouble to China is welcome. They simply embrace any opportunists that may split China or hinder China from becoming stronger.

    To all those who wish to split China and/or wish China not to be stronger, I have to say sorry. Sorry that you are destined to be disillusioned. China will grow stronger and healthier, as a whole and wholesome country, no matter you wish for it or against it. Because this is the highest and strongest wish of all our Chinese, 1/4 of the whole world’s population! Your weak voices and dirty minds cannot change that.

  6. I understand what your trying to say but when you put your message in such a hostile way it only makes your message ignored and/or lose credibility.

    Let me reply to your post by first saying that yes Tibet and China have a long history or relations, but no Tibet was not an integral part of China for over 1000 years.

    China’s sovereignty in Tibet dates from 1720 AD when the Qing army liberated Tibet from the invading Dzungars. However after the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912 Tibet had a brief period of independence up until 1949.

    Also the Dalai Lama is not the only Tibetan advocating more freedoms in Tibet, the recent protests where Tibetan laypeople were involved in protesting for more freedom shows this.

    Tibetans know of their feudal pasts where many Tibetans worked the land as serfs, I for one do. But just because my ancestors came from that society how does that make my or any other Tibetans demand for more freedoms in Tibet any less credible? Virtually every society, even China, came from a form of slave society so how does it make it laughable if their descendants now demand for freedoms.

    I do agree with you though that there are some cold-war antagonism against China in the west or at least from what I know of in the US. For example presidential candidate John McCain called China a threat to the US in the longterm with Iran in the short term.

    The Chinese government however, in my opinion, is not doing so well in trying to dispel these sorts of bad perceptions when they do things like shoot down a satellite as a show of muscle to the US, among various other things. I also don’t think the US envies China’s growth, even when China does surpass the US economically the average US citizen will still be four times richer than the average Chinese citizen, I think Americans are more fearful of losing their own wealth and jobs to China’s economic boom, similar to how they felt about Japan’s economic boom after WW2.

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