China Blames Dalai Lama for Violence
Uh, we are talking about the same Dalai Lama here, right? Little dude, generally preaches non-violence? There’s not two of them, or something like in Superman III where he splits into a good half and an evil half?
Premier Wen Jiabao accused the Dalai Lama and his supporters of orchestrating violent clashes to taint the Beijing Olympics, saying Tuesday that they were provoking violence to promote Tibetan independence.The Dalai Lama urged his followers to remain peaceful, saying he would resign as head of Tibet’s government-in-exile if the situation spun out of control. But he also suggested the Chinese may have fomented the protests in Tibet and neighboring provinces in order to discredit him.
In China’s highest-level response to the unrest, Wen underscored the Communist leadership’s determination to regain control of Tibet and nearby parts of China and reassure the world it is fit to host the Games.
Except that China is not an appropriate place to hold the Olympic Games. It got the spot because the Committee thinks that if we treat the Chinese like a model member of the global community, they might actually become a model member of the global community. Just as the U.N. shouldn’t be playing cater-waiter to third world despots, the Olympic Committe should not be doing favors for the blood-drenched Chinese regime.
From the latest State Department country report for China:
The government’s human rights record remained poor, and controls were tightened in some areas, such as religious freedom in Tibetan areas and in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR); freedom of speech and the media, including the Internet; and the treatment of petitioners in Beijing.As in previous years, citizens did not have the right to change their government. The government tightened restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, particularly in anticipation of and during sensitive events, including increased efforts to control and censor the Internet. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), both local and international, continued to face intense scrutiny and restrictions.
The government continued its severe cultural and religious repression of minorities, with some tightening of control in the XUAR, and an increased level of religious repression in Tibetan areas. The government stepped up efforts to rid Beijing of petitioners seeking redress for various grievances.
Other serious human rights abuses included extrajudicial killings, torture and coerced confessions of prisoners, and the use of forced labor, including prison labor. The government continued to monitor, harass, detain, arrest, and imprison journalists, writers, activists, and defense lawyers and their families, many of whom were seeking to exercise their rights under law.
The party and state exercised strict political control of courts and judges, conducted closed trials and carried out administrative detention. Executions often took place on the day of conviction or immediately after the denial of an appeal. A lack of due process and restrictions on lawyers further limited progress toward rule of law.
Individuals and groups, especially those deemed politically sensitive by the government, continued to face tight restrictions on their freedom to assemble, their freedom to practice religion, and their freedom to travel.
The government continued its coercive birth limitation policy, in some cases resulting in forced abortion and sterilization.
I have no doubt they have the ability to put on a good show this summer. That does not make it a good country.