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Tibetans nabbed for 'reactionary' songs

January 29, 2009

LHASA, China, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- China's "Strike Hard" campaign in Tibet's
capital has resulted in the arrest of two people for having reactionary
songs on their cell phones, dissidents say.

Police discovered the songs after carrying out a citywide sweep on
nearly 6,000 residents in the city of Lhasa, The Times of London
reported Wednesday.

Observers say the latest crackdown appears intended to intimidate the
local population in advance of the 50th anniversary in March of the
exile of the Dalai Lama.

Pictures of the Dalai Lama are banned in Tibet and officials often
vilify him in speeches, the newspaper reports.

Many songs in Tibet praise the religious leader who is often referred to
in lyrics as the "great treasure."

Last month, authorities in Lhasa detained several people who had
downloaded songs from the Internet and sold them on compact discs and in
MP3 format.
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