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China launches the "Strike Hard" campaign in Tibet ahead of major anniversary

September 12, 2009

tchrd - September 09 2009

The Chinese authorities in "Tibet Autonomous Regions" ('TAR') has decided to
launch a new "Strike Hard" campaign ahead of the 60th Anniversary of the
National Day Celebration (starting 1 October) according to the official
report posted on Xizang Re bao (Tibet Daily) dated 8 September 2009.

Since last year's major protests across the Tibetan areas, Chinese
authorities have steadily stepped up repressive restrictions on the Tibetan
people, with the increased presence of huge military forces that have
consolidated greater control. This process will be accelerated by the launch
of this "Strike Hard" campaign. According to the official newspaper the
"TAR" Communist Party headed by "TAR" Party Secretary, Zhang Qingli held a
video conference with the participation of other Party members, government
officials and security forces of the region. The primary goal of the video
conference was citied to be "proper delegation of roles of the concerned
officials at all levels to strengthen cooperation, work closely together to
maintain stability in the region and to ensure the smooth operation of the
National Day celebration."

Mr. Zhang lauded the Party members and security forces on the success in
suppressing 'riots' and securing stability post March 14, 2008 and to take
heed from last year's success in putting more efforts in 'checking and
defeating the 'Dalai clique' and 'separatists' forces outside'.

Though the main objective of the "Strike Hard' campaign is cited as securing
stability in the region ahead of the 60th National Day Celebration, the
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply concern that
under the guise of this campaign as they did in the past, State law
enforcement agencies will abuse the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan
people by enforcing to arbitrary arrest, detention, interrogation, the
targeting and forced expulsion of former political prisoners from the
capital prior to the anniversary. State agencies will also keep close
surveillance on the monastic populations and impose restrictions on the
movement of monks and nuns. TCHRD condemns the launch of "Strike Hard"
campaign and questions the motive ahead of this major event.

The last "Strike Hard" campaign that took place for 42-days, was launched on
18 January 2009, during which a total of 5,766 Tibetan suspects were rounded
up and questioned. No official figure has ever been released regarding the
number of suspects released or detained so far.

"Strike Hard" (Ch: Yanda) campaign which was initiated in China in 1983 as
an attempt to reduce crime and fight corruption within China, but which
evolved into a political tool of oppression. In Tibet the campaign is
implemented with the single aim to stifle political dissent.
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