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China to Launch ‘Third Battle Campaign’ in Tibet

October 5, 2011

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE
30 September 2011, Dharamsala
 
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On 1 October 2011, China will be celebrating the 63rd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Such celebration is always preceded by tighter control and more restrictions in Tibet. This time is no different.  According to www.chinatibetnews.com, in the afternoon of 27 September 2011, the Regional Party Committee of Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and the TAR government held a conference in Lhasa in preparation of the celebration for the founding of the PRC on 1st of October.


A ‘Third Battle Campaign’ was launched to “win this year’s stability maintenance” during the meeting. Autonomous Region Party Secretary Chen Quanguo stressed on four points in the meeting. The first, he said, is to ensure that no political case arises. He added, “Struggle against separatism shall be dealt in-depth, to effectively maintain social stability and ensure long-term stability in Tibet.”  Secondly, problems should be tackled from the base when it is small. Thirdly, all the monasteries shall be closely watched along with intensified patriotic re-education sessions. Religious activities and religious affairs shall be carried out according to the law. Lastly, he said that comrades of party and government (and every official) have the main responsibility of maintaining stability.


Pema Thinley, Chairman of TAR government, chaired the meeting and told that officials must be determined to win this “Third Campaign” battle of maintaining stability. The meeting was also joined by all heads of counties and cities via telephone/video conference.


The second meeting on ‘social stability’ in this year to deploy crackdown in all regions of Tibet, this conference is the first to the new TAR Secretary Chen Quanguo. The ‘Third Battle Campaign’ is aimed to crackdown on peaceful Tibetan protesters and those Tibetans who differ from the political ideologies of the PRC.

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