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CTA Responds to Footage-Tampering Charges

May 10, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
May 6, 2009

Dharamshala -- On 20 March 2009, the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) released internationally a video-footage that showed some Tibetans who took part in the peaceful movement of 14 March, last year, being subjected to inhuman treatment of beatings and torture by the Chinese security people: the public security bureaus (PSBs) and people's armed police (PAPs). Embarrassed as it were by this, the Chinese government has launched recently a rather inconspicuous protest, or tirade, against the exile Tibetan administration on the website of China's Tibet, an official magazine of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Tibet. Moreover, as soon as the Tibetan administration posted the footage on the Internet and video-sharing site, YouTube, access to these had been blocked inside China. That these actions are actually prompted by some inherent fear that is borne out of the Chinese government's need to cove up all their crimes, or negative deeds, has now become very clear on the international stage. And so the international media has strongly condemned this act of the Beijing establishment.

One thing that became very obvious from this whole drama is the Chinese government's acceptance of its failure to offer any substantive response as soon as the footage appeared on the international scene — and so it had no other option but to block access to it.

The faces of a couple or so Chinese security people, who are beating the Tibetan protestors, appear very clearly on the video. If the Chinese government really has the confidence to prove otherwise, then why does it not subject the footage to inquiry by some international body? It must be remembered that last year, when Tibet erupted into a massive protest, the Tibetan side had requested for an independent international body to be sent there to assess the ground realities. However, the Chinese government did not have the courage to allow such a visit. This is also an evidence of the means Beijing employ to sweep under the carpet its wrongdoing.

The footage shows the PAPs and PSBs beating the Tibetan protestors, who are lying on the floor with their both hands tied at the back. We also hear very clearly a security officer standing nearby the scene saying, "Enough, enough." We can, further, see the security people's outfit and their movements as they beat the Tibetan protestors. What we can glean from all this is that the footage is real and not tampered with.

The Central Administration does not harbour any ambition to deceive the international community. Nor can the international community be deceived, anyway. No sooner the footage appeared on the international scene than the media condemned, one after another, the Chinese government that it is not allowing the international media representatives into Tibet to take stock of the real situation there.

Ever since peaceful protests broke out in the whole of Tibet, starting from 10 March 2008, some international media people, or reporters, were allowed into Tibet on two separate occasions. We all know very well that what problems and difficulties the Tibetans inside Tibet said they were facing to them can still be loudly and clearly heard through the various international media outlets. Therefore, the Chinese authorities should not only stop immediately the beatings and torture the Tibetans inside Tibet are being subjected to, but also respond favourably to their deep yearnings or aspirations. Simply by producing a choreographed story of the so-called 14/3 episode through a systematic and organised arrangement of video clippings, the Chinese government cannot at all hope to weaken the strength and truth of last year's massive and widespread Tibetan protest against the Chinese leadership. An evil thought that a lie which is told a hundred times becomes a truth will not endure in the long run. There is a Tibetan saying that goes, "We have eyes to look at others, but to look at ourselves, we need mirrors." We hope that the Chinese government will — drawing lessons from these morals — refrain from following the false means to achieve the truth. We also hope that a realisation will soon dawn upon the Chinese leadership that the strategy of deceiving other people to paper over one's own wrongdoing will not eternally succeed and will, therefore, stop indulging in acts that would hurt the sentiments of all justice-loving people across the globe. Indeed, the time has come for the Chinese authorities to accept that the truth will prevail someday.
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