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Lest We Forget

Post by Cosima___J » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:26 pm

In all the uproar caused by Edward Snowden's activities and by the eavesdropping on Angela Merkel's cell phone, we in America and western Europe can be grateful that we don't live under these conditions:

China to stamp out Dalai Lama's 'propaganda' in Tibet

By Ben Blanchard, Reuters

BEIJING -- China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his "propaganda" is not received by anyone on the Internet, television or other means, a top official said.

China has tried, with varying degrees of success, to prevent Tibetans listening to or watching programs broadcast from outside the country, or accessing any information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the Internet.

But many Tibetans are still able to access such news, either via illegal satellite televisions or by skirting Chinese Internet restrictions. The Dalai Lama's picture and his teachings are also smuggled into Tibet, at great personal risk.

Writing in the ruling Communist Party's influential journal Qiushi, the latest issue of which was received by subscribers on Saturday, Tibet's party chief Chen Quanguo said that the government would ensure only its voice is heard.

"Strike hard against the reactionary propaganda of the splittists from entering Tibet," Chen wrote in the magazine, whose name means "seeking truth".

The government will achieve this by confiscating illegal satellite dishes, increasing monitoring of online content and making sure all telephone and Internet users are registered using their real names, he added.

"Work hard to ensure that the voice and image of the party is heard and seen over the vast expanses (of Tibet) ... and that the voice and image of the enemy forces and the Dalai clique are neither seen nor heard," Chen wrote.

China calls the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, says he simply wants genuine autonomy for Tibet, and denies espousing violence.

Chen said the party would seek to expose the Dalai Lama's "hypocrisy and deception" and his "reactionary plots".

China has long defended its iron-fisted rule in Tibet, saying the region suffered from dire poverty, brutal exploitation and economic stagnation until 1950, when Communist troops "peacefully liberated" Tibet.

Tensions in China's Tibetan regions are at their highest in years after a spate of self-immolation protests by Tibetans, which have led to an intensified security crackdown.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013 ... tibet?lite

My heart truly goes out to the Tibetans and all others who live in such a repressive situation. Although the standard of living for many Chinese has certainly improved ---- many enjoy luxuries unknown to previous generations ---- they have no political freedom ---- can't speak their minds ---- things that we here in the US take for granted. No matter how much I might disagree with things going on in Washington, D.C., I will forever be grateful to be an American!

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Re: Lest We Forget

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:36 pm

I would also rather live here, and as a citizen, than in Tibet. I suspect that this feeling is shared by many in Great Britain.

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