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Documentary: Accusation of the victims of 3.14 Lhasa riots (3)
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11:16, March 24, 2008

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Injured police officer

This injured police officer, Liu Dingwei, is now in hospital. He had just become a policeman in the Tibet Autonomous Region last December. But the young police officer was severely hurt trying to put a stop to the riots and marauding mob.

The young police officer was severely hurt trying to put a stop to the riots and marauding mob.

March 13th marked Liu Dingwei’s 19th birthday. But on the day after his birthday, March 14th, the riots broke out near Ramoche Temple, in Lhasa. Many young police officers such as Liu Dingwei responded to the call for help -- to restore calm to the area and stop the marauding rioters.

But Liu Dingwei and his fellow policemen held their ground. This, despite being pelted by rocks and suffering injuries trying to deal with the hostile mob of rioters.

Liu Dingwei said, "The order we receive is that we should never fight back even if we are beaten never retort even if cursed and stay calm even if we are spat on the face."

The armed police officers exercised maximum restraint. But the mobsters showed no mercy. Liu Dingwei's head was seriously wounded in a barrage of stones. He almost fainted.

Liu Dingwei said, "I was hit on the head. I was already half conscious by then. But someone drew out his Tibetan dagger and chopped me."

The squad leader rescued half-conscious Liu Dingwei from the hands of the mobsters and escorted him to the hospital. Medical examinations show that Liu Dingwei's hip is seriously wounded. The cuts were so deep that his bones were exposed and the muscles were also parted. His head was scratched.

The 19-year-old has not told his parents and grandfather that he was injured and hospitalized. And his love for Lhasa remains unchanged despite the experience in the riots on March 14th.

Liu Dingwei said, "I like Lhasa and Tibetan people. On March 14th, I saw Tibetan compatriots rescue our armed police officers."
Many innocent civilians were targeted by rioters

Many innocent civilians were targeted by rioters in their criminal activities on March 14th.

Ma'ayingshe was seriously wounded. She's been lying here in the ward of Lhasa's No.2 People's Hospital for a week. The 36-year-old is a restaurant owner. 15 days after her restaurant opened for business, unexpected catastrophe befell.

Ma'ayingshe said, "A group of 20 or 30 people stormed into my restaurant. They were holding thick sticks and daggers, and smashed the restaurant with stones. We hid on the second floor. After they smashed up the first floor, seven or eight people swarmed upstairs and pushed me out of the window of the second floor."

Ma'ayingshe was pushed out of a second floor window by the rioters. Her backbone was severely injured. Doctors say she has to stay in bed for at least half-a-year and may end up paralyzed. Her business and a loan of tens of thousands yuan, went up in flames set alight by mobs.

Ma'ayingshe said, "My kids cannot go to school. My family is now poor. I have to repay my loan, but now I can't."

This 33-year-old man was attacked by rioters without any reason.

Ma Shusha, Lhasa riots victim, said, "I didn't feel right and tried to aviod them. But a woman saw me and told a man. The man came right up to me and slashed me."

The artery in his neck was exposed and he was on the verge of death when he was hospitalized.

Ma Shusha said, "Our society is so good nowadays. Such an incident should never have happened. Innocent people were harmed and cars were burned. We hope the government severely punishes those mobs."
During the riots that broke out in Lhasa on March the 14th, lawless people smashed into a number of primary and middle schools.

Rioters set fire and burned a building of the Lhasa No.2 Middle School.

Dekyi Zhoima, headmaster Lhasa No.2 Middle School, said, "At 12:30 on March 14th, beating, smashing and looting occurred at the Ramoche Temple opposite to our school. The lawless people did not stop their violence. They set fire to the residential building of our school. The fire spread to two classroom buildings. "

At this critical moment, school teachers quickly pulled together.

Students in class were evacuated to the playground.

The ferocious flames caused a lot of panic among the students.

Cetoin Wanggya, student Lhasa No.2 Middle school, said, "Fires spread to our classroom. I felt much heat around me. I wanted to save schoolbags and stationery for all my classmates. But the fire was coming close. The whole building was on fire. Roofs were destroyed."

The two classroom buildings, which occupied a total area of 1,660 square meters, have been reduced to ruins.

Luckily, all 839 students escaped the fire safe and sound.

Dekyi Zhoima said, "Our students and teachers had to witness our school being attacked. They are very angry."

Cering Zhoima, student Lhasa No.2 Middle School, said, "I think the rioters should be severely punished. Their unlawful activities meant we couldn't study in a calm environment."

In Chengguan district of Lhasa, the mobsters started attacking Jibenggang primary school after rioting along the road.

Deyang, principal Jibenggang Primary School, said, "They struck the school gate, and threw stones."

Face with the sudden incident, the school decided to close all the gates of the school immediately, and keep the students inside. The rioters tried several times to break in and twice they were very close to breaking in.

Deyang said, "Many people and parents pointed out to the rioters that they were attacking a school. But the rioters said they wouldn't bypass a school."

The school's quick response to the incident saved itself, and the students there were not hurt.

Lhasa's Potala Palace Square is a holy land for pilgrims. As the city restores to calm, the number of pilgrims who come here to pray is gradually increasing. Geleg has lived in Lhasa for over 20 years. He says the recent incidents have scared the people around him, and their normal life has been destroyed.

Geleg said, "Over the past few days, the square has had fewer pilgrims than usual. People are scared. What if there's another riot? The previous riot caused huge damage.The pilgrims dare not come to worship. We're against splitting the country. People are entitled to have religious freedom."

Ngawang Qoezhoeng, Langkazi county resident, said, "We were enjoying a peaceful life. But they stirred up such chaos. We really hate them."

Up until Saturday, a total of 18 innocent people have been either burnt or stabbed to death in the riots on March 14th. 382 people have been injured.

Rioters set alight to more than 300 public buildings, over 120 residential houses, and burned and destroyed some 900 shops and stores. More than 80 police and civil vehicles were set on fire. The cruelty and lack of humanity is utterly outrageous.

Evidence shows that the latest riot in Lhasa was deliberately incited by domestic and overseas separatists who advocate "Tibet independence". The riot was premeditated, masterminded and instigated by the Dalai clique. It aimed to disturb a peaceful and stable social environment so as to cause social chaos before the Beijing Olympics in an attempt to split Tibet from China.

Splitting the country is against people's will, and sabotage is bound to fail.


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