Violence May Be Coming
Recently in early August 2007 there was held traditionalhorse races in Lithang, Kardze (Sechuan Province China). A radical pamphlet was distributed at the regional horse festival indicates an increasing radicalisation among localTibetans. The first armed confrontations between Chinesetroops and locals took place here in the 1950s and Lithang played a crucial role in the establishment of the ‘Khampa’ guerilla movement that lasted for two decades.
TibetInfoNet has indicated that they received an image of a clandestine flyer distributed at the festival. The flyer bears in essence a radical message. The statement is hand written in the Tibetan language but, although the first part is missing, it is obvious from the context that it is addressed to the Chinese authorities. The preserved part of the statement reads:
“[You] killed [Tibetans] and seized our hard-earned wealth. For fifty years thenatural environment, forests, wildlife and mineral resources which our ancestorssafeguarded like their own lives, have been shamelessly and insatiablyexploited. Moreover, you are endeavouring to annihilate our religion andculture. The six million Tibetans will never forget the suffering of thispersecution for tens of thousands of years to come. We demand Tibetanindependence. Any delay [in fulfilling this demand] will lead to tens ofthousands of Tibetans resolutely sacrificing their lives”.
The above statement is likely produced by a movement better known among Tibetans as Chushi Gangdrug (Four Rivers, Six Ranges).
Sources report that the Chinese authorities have started an intensive campaign aimed at compelling local Tibetans holding public positions to vilify the Dalai Lama while being videotaped.
The above statement makes no mention of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and takes instead a pronounced militant tone. It seems that a section of the Tibetan population who is increasingly frustrated by the Chinese authorities, are coming to reject a non-violent course and now look for more radical options. This has been predicted and feared by a number of observers of the Tibetan situation. It would also reveal that half a century or repression by the Chinese may have reopened the way to the violent clashes which have have their roots back in the 1950s.