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Video of police brutality genuine, says exile Tibetan government

March 29, 2009

By Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
March 27, 2009

Dharamsala, March 26 -- With the Chinese
government brushing aside the video images of
Chinese police beating unarmed and handcuffed
Tibetans as “fake”, the Tibetan government based
here said on its website that the videos were
authentic and that it can prove the authenticity of the video footages.

"We stand by the credibility and can guarantee
the genuineness of the footages," said Thubten
Samphel, the spokesperson of the exile Tibetan
government that turned fifty this year.

The footages testify to what is truly happening
in Tibet as recently as 2008, he said.

The exile Tibetan government made available for
media last week what it called rare video
footages showing Chinese paramilitary police
resorting to extreme brutality on Tibetan
protesters after last year’s March unrest against Chinese rule.

Youtube which carried the video was blocked in
China since Monday. Confirming the censorship,
Google which owns the site said it noticed that
traffic to China started slowing down on Monday
and that by Tuesday morning, it was totally blocked.

A Chinese government spokesman said, according to
a report by BBC, "We encourage the active use of
the internet but also manage the internet according to law."

The exile Tibetan government says about 220
Tibetans had died and over 1,294 were seriously
injured as of 31 January 2009 partly as a result of such beatings.

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