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China launches "Strike Hard" Campaign ahead of sensitive anniversary

March 4, 2010

Press Release
TCHRD/ENG/2010/04
March 3, 2010

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and
Democracy(TCHRD) condemns in strongest term over
Chinese authorities -- launching of the --
"Strike Hard" campaign aimed at carrying out
further detentions of Tibetans in Tibet as the
March anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising approaches.

According to information given in the official
newspaper Lhasa Evening News (Ch: Lasa Wen Bao)
today, "the Lhasa City Public Security Bureau
(PSB) officials under the order of Lhasa City
government, the "Tibet Autonomous Region" ("TAR")
PSB, "TAR" Party Committee and Lhasa City Party
Committee had carried out the "Strike Hard"
Campaign from 9:00PM (Beijing standard time)
yesterday across the Tibetan Capital, Lhasa. "The
campaign was also launched across all seven
prefectures under the "TAR" in order to strike
hard according to law against all kinds of
criminal activity and to vigorously uphold the
social order and stability." The length of this
campaign was not mentioned and it may last for months.

Additional security forces in full combat gear
were deployed in and around Lhasa City and at its
every entry points to the city. Vehicles plying
to and from Lhasa city were thoroughly searched
and requiring anyone entering or leaving the city
to show identification. New security barricades
were set up to look for any possible suspects and
round-the-clock security measures were also
undertaken. Security forces in combat uniform
were seen patrolling the major gathering points,
high prone areas, and raids were also carried out
in guest houses. There is no information on how
this campaign has fared in other prefectures under the "TAR".

According to the official report, the Lhasa City
PSB officials during the campaign last night
detained 70 people without official registration
card and identity card from rented houses located
on the Sera Road. Seven counties under the Lhasa
Municipality also carried out the "strike hard"
campaign on war footing with major search and raid being carried out.

The new "Strike Hard" campaign is being launched
after years of severely tight security and most
repressive political conditions in Tibet. Unlike
previous "strike hard" campaigns which mostly
focused in Lhasa city, this time the campaign has
been launched across the "TAR" simultaneously.
This new development signals authorities
"hardening policies in Tibet and the authorities"
preemptive move to squash any imminent new protest in the coming days.

"Strike Hard" campaigns are normally carried out
in various parts of the People's Republic of
China prior to major events, including national
holidays, anniversaries, as well as before the
main annual government and Party conferences,
often with the stated intention of "cleansing the
social environment." The "strike hard" campaign
launched yesterday could be a prelude to a series
of arbitrary detention and arrests prior to the
10 March Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising, the
Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference (CPCC), China?s top advisory body that
convenes today and the annual plenary sessions of
China's National People's Congress (NPC) on Friday.

Though the primary objective of the current
"strike hard" campaign was mentioned as fighting
criminals, upholding social order and stability,
however, the TCHRD believes the primary motive
behind this infamous campaign as the authorities'
attempt to detain those Tibetans suspected to be
"involved in political activism, target former
political prisoners and Tibetan residents from
outside Lhasa city, monks and nuns as sensitive
date approaches. Under this campaign, the Chinese
law enforcement bodies abuse the fundamental
human rights of the Tibetan people through
arbitrary arrest, detention, interrogation and
torture, dismissal from jobs and expulsion from
religious institutions. TCHRD condemns the launch
of "strike hard" campaign and question the motive behind the campaign."

With unprecedented levels of security presence
already throughout Tibet, with the launch of this
campaign, TCHRD fears a widespread unlawful
detentions of Tibetans will intensify in the
coming weeks and months, and that they may be
used to silence, intimidate and stifle political
dissent in the build up to the 10 March
Anniversary when the authorities fear fresh
unrest following the wave of protests that swept
across the Tibetan plateau in the past couple of years.

Contact: chris@christinemccann.com

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Tashi Choephel Jamatsang (Mr.)
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
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