On 25 June 2011 an important meeting was held in Lhasa, “Tibetan Autonomous Region” (“TAR”) to deal with stability and security in the region for a smooth commemoration of founding day of communist party according to the official website Chinatibetnews.com . On 1 July 2011, China celebrates the 90th fouding day of the Chinese Communist Party and also “60 years of Peaceful Liberation of Tibet”. Restrictions have been escalated in Tibet leading to arrest of many Tibetans and monitoring of monks in the monasteries.
In the meeting, the regional Party Secretary Zhang Qingli made an important speech at the conference to maintain stability. He said, “all the heads and the leaders should ensure stability in their particular region. And the leaders should be able to take responsibility that no protests will occur in their region. Especially all the leaders should have to prioritize their work and to maintain stability in the society should be kept on the forefront. They should immediately have work distribution after the meeting and all effort should be made to have a stable society. The work should be distributed to all the staffs and they should acquire a new dimension in stabilizing the society. That Tibet should become a stable place for a long time and produce a result that they should celebrate the 90 years of Chinese Communist Party and 60 years of Peaceful Liberation on Tibet.”
In the evening of 25 June 2011, a meeting was held in Lhasa for the Public Security Bureau (PSB) and People Armed Police (PAP) to take oath by them to keep the society stable and to bring security to the people. The police displayed their arms and ammunitions and marched in the police ground to swear on ensuring stability on the society and to maintain peace. The district police officers, active duty troops and armed police officers and soldiers carried out a collective oath to ensure a stable society to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Communist Party of China on its 90th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet.
After the meeting, beginning from 26 June 2011, all units around “TAR” held meetings to distribute work so as to have stability during the celebration. The Drepung Monastery work unit and the police stationed in the premises held meetings to describe the importance of the staffs to maintain peace and stability in the “TAR”.
Due to the forthcoming celebrations there have been increased restrictions in Lhasa and monks from the monastery around Lhasa area are restricted to move around freely to Lhasa. The hotels and guest houses are being checked round the clock, passes are being checked for fear of any protest. Especially the former political prisoners are being questioned and Tibetans coming from outside Lhasa are being arrested if they do not have permits to stay in Lhasa. This action of restriction to people in the “TAR” area especially in Lhasa is a violation of human rights of the Tibetans in Tibet. The restrictions should be lifted immediately.
Note: Pictures of the meeting is available on our website www.tchrd.org