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Non-violence lie cannot conceal crimes of violence
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16:48, March 31, 2008

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Grave violence comprising beating, smashing, looting and arson erupted in Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibetan autonomous region on March 14. And any people with an intuitive or innate knowledge cannot but feel indignant at the offense of thugs and grieved over innocent victims.

The Dalai clique, however, claimed the riot was a "spontaneous peaceful protest" and he himself absolutely did not attempt to secede Tibet or to seek its independence. So he had nothing to do with it. Meanwhile, some Western media made a distorted coverage of the Lhasa riot and groundlessly attacked the measures and ethnical policies the Chinese government has taken to cope with it. They cited offenses of thugs as "rational" or reasonable while smearing the government's related policies as a "crackdown"move.

Is such being the case?

Eighteen people got killed, including an eight-month-old baby during the riot. Can such violences as burning people alive, killing pedestrians on their way, setting fire to schools and inflicting mortal injuries on human lives called the "peaceful protest"?

A local witness, named Ma Youliang, recalls that he himself had seen a dozen ruffians beat a girl of fourteen or fifteen black and white with steel pipes and wooden sticks and her faced bled terribly; thugs forced open the gates of shops with axes and drill rods and smashed and ransacked things inside. As he was so scared, he jumped from the second floor of his store onto the ground floor. "These rascals tossed her elder sister out of the second floor, and cheered in their local dialect," he said.

The "March 14" incident has disrupted an auspicious and peaceful life of local Tibetans, and made bustling streets in Lhasa a scene of devastation. Looters plunged locals into despair and held tourists from overseas in fear. A 19-year-old tourist from Canada, John Kenwood, said he saw four or five Tibetan men "mercilessly" stoning a motorbike rider. When bike rider fell to the ground, they hit him again and again with rocks, he said, and he thought the young man would die afterwards. Can such brutal violence and unrest be said to the "desire for peace"?

The lie of "non-violence"cannot cover up crimes of violence. March 10 was the anniversary of the so-called "Tibet uprising" in 1959. The Dalai Lama clique claimed that they were determined to resume the independence of Tibet even at the cost of blood and lives in a March 10 statement of the so-clled Tibet-Qinghai Society". So it is much likely that they indeed masterminded, carefully organized and planned the riot with bloodshed, and the rooters' evil deeds are closely related to ravings or wild languages to secede the motherland.

"Many media reports (overseas) were not accurate," said Tony Gleason, field director of Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund, an American organization which helps poor Tibetans. Tibetan monks hurled rocks at the passing vehicles on March 14. Tony Gleason, who has been in Tibet for years, said Lhasa was a very clean city and acknowledged that these Tibetan men were prepared in advance as they had stored a lot of rocks and bricks to hurl with.

With more evidence of such cases as beating, smashing, ransacking and committing arson being exposed, people have become increasingly aware of the truth that the unrest or "pretests" in Lhasa is well orchestrated or masterminded, organized and planned. An Indian reporter said he was at a loss to see so many lamas clan in long gown kicked at shop gates, hurled rocks at passers-by and smashed vehicles with iron rods. Therefore, he said, the so-called peaceful non-violence the Dalai Lama advocated for his whole life constitutes merely "beautiful" words and an outright lie.

People who are acquainted with whereabouts of the Dalai Lama know well his customary tactics under the banner of peace. When a handful of reactionaries rose in an armed rebellion in the Xikang region (now the eastern part of Tibet) to manslaughter patriots and innocent people on March 10, 1959, the Dalai Lama has to this date still insisted that it was a "peaceful uprising".

Ever since the sixties of the last century, the Dalai Lama instigated secessionists inside Tibet to take actions and, in the name of the "government in exile," he plotted and created various kinds of violence or unrest. The "March 14" incident in Lhasa is merely a repeated tragedy in history. Practice has time and again proven that non-violence represents only his signboard to win popularity by reception. In the words of a member of the so called Tibetan-Qinghai society, the peaceful non-violence is only spoken to Western powers and acted for them to see.

Violence is after all violence, even if it holds up the banner of "non-violence" with a cover-up of pacifism. Truth cannot be concealed and lie not turned into truth, and justice only strikes roots in the heatts of people.

By People's Daily Online and its author is Lu Xinning, a senor PD desk editor

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