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China Crackdown Sparks Appeal From Tibet Government-in-Exile

February 2, 2009

By VOA News
29 January 2009

The Tibetan government-in-exile is appealing to the international
community to intervene in a massive Chinese security crackdown in Tibet.

Chinese state media said the "strike hard" campaign is targeting
criminals. State media report that 81 people have been detained so far
in the crackdown, which began on January 18.

But, in a statement Thursday, Tibet's government-in-exile said the
42-day campaign has been launched to prevent political protests.

According to state media, Chinese authorities have raided thousands of
homes and businesses, and run checks on nearly 6,000 suspects.

State media report 51 people were detained for unspecified criminal
activities, while another 30 were taken in for robbery, prostitution,
and theft.

Two are being held for having "reactionary music" on their mobile phones.

Tibet's government-in-exile said the crackdown appears to be aimed at
intimidating Tibetans ahead of the 50th anniversary of a crushed
independence uprising in March of 1959.

It said the crackdown also appears timed to coincide with the
anniversary of rare peaceful protests that took place last March in
Lhasa and other Tibetan areas in China.

The protests later erupted into violence and China launched a massive
crackdown.

Chinese officials say 22 people were killed in the unrest. Tibet's
government-in-exile says 218 Tibetans were killed and nearly 7,000 were
detained.

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