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Chinese soldiers, officials start farming in Karze as Tibetans boycott it in protest

April 14, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 13, 2009

As Tibetans in Karze (Chinese: Ganzi) Prefecture
of Sichuan Province remain defiant in their
refusal to farm their land as a show of passive
resistance, China has sent in the People's
Liberation Army to work with farmers – or in
their place if need be – to carry out spring
planting in mountainous regions able to support
only one crop a year, reported Times Online (UK)
Apr 11. The Tibetan defiance continues despite
official threats to cancel the Tibetans’ land lease.

The report said state-run TV broadcast shows
footage, shot by army cameramen, of soldiers
accompanying Tibetan farmers into the fields to
plough and hoe. It said the Government had even
ordered officials and party members into the
fields themselves to get on with the spring planting.

Karze still remains cut off to foreigners,
especially the media, so no foreign media has
been able to do any firsthand report on the
situation there. However, the head of the exile
Tibetan government, Prof Samdhong Rinpoche,
recently asked the Tibetans to resume their farm work.

Rather than addressing the Tibetan people’s
concerns by righting its wrong policies,
including by releasing political prisoners and
easing religious repression, China is
intensifying the repression. The Times Online
report said that on Apr 5, the paramilitary
People's Armed Police paraded detainees in seven
trucks around the streets of Garze. “Each suspect
was held by two police, who forced them to bow
their heads. A notice was hung around the neck of
each one, although a Tibetan source said that he
could not read them because he was unfamiliar with Chinese characters."

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