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Des témoignages provenant de Lhassa indiquent que le samedi 29 mars, d’autres manifestations sont survenues dans la ville, coïncidant probablement avec la visite « guidée » de diplomates étrangers dans la capitale tibétaine.

C’est littéralement une gifle dans la figure des démocraties occidentales, elles qui aimeraient bien que la crise s’estompe pour ne plus avoir à peser entre les relations commerciales avec la Chine et la protection des droits de l’homme. L’Union européenne, en réunion le 28 mars, a rejeté l’idée d’un boycott de la cérémonie d’ouverture des Jeux de Pékin. Seules la Pologne et la République tchèque, ayant vécu des décennies sous la botte d’un régime totalitaire communiste, ont indiqué qu’elles n’enverraient aucun responsable à la cérémonie.

Un petit message pour vous politiciens et diplomates : le casse-tête est loin d’être résolu. Les manifestations peuvent surgir à tout moment, comme la répression.

Voici différentes sources.

Radio Free Asia :

KATHMANDU—Witnesses in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, say fresh protests erupted there on Saturday afternoon despite a massive Chinese police and paramilitary presence there.
Witnesses told RFA’s Tibetan service that several hundred Tibetans rallied around 2 p.m. on March 29, beginning in the area near Center Beijing Road. Shops near the central post ofice on Lhasa Youth Road were closed, as security forces surrrounded the Tibetan residenitial areas in Barkhor and Kama Kunsang, Ramoche, and the Jokhang temple.
« People were running in every direction, » one witness said. « It was a huge protest and people were shouting. »
Another source who also declined to be identified reported seeing « fistfights » but she didn’t give details.
The protest continued for several hours but no further details were immediately available.
« The local government is now sending mass text messages using local cell phone companies to spread the word that the situation is now under control and people shouldn’t be influenced by divisive-sounding news and gossip, » another source said.
The March 29 protest coincided with a day-long visit to lhasa by foreign diplomats, who came at the invitation of the Chinese authorities. It also follows a closely scripted visit by foreign reporters.

Reuters :

BEIJING—Chinese security forces sealed off parts of Lhasa on Saturday and Tibet’s government-in-exile said it was investigating reports of fresh protests, weeks after the city was shaken by an anti-government riot.

The reports coincided with a visit by a group of diplomats, who were led on a closely guarded tour of the city that has been at the heart of unrest throughout China’s ethnic Tibetan regions just months before the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

« We don’t know how many people, but it seems it’s quite a lot of people, » Tenzin Taklha, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama said of the events in Lhasa. « I think it’s timed with the visit of the diplomats. »

The London-based International Campaign for Tibet said it had heard from three sources that security forces had surrounded Lhasa’s main temples, Jokhang and Ramoche. Lire tout l’article >>

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