“Celebrating Is Compulsory”

Adding to the growing Western media coverage of China’s crackdown in Tibet and the push inside Tibet for a moratorium on Losar celebrations, the Los Angeles Times has a story on what’s going on. Included in it is this gem about the Chinese government and government institutions forcing Tibetans to celebrate Losar:

At Beijing’s Central University for Nationalities, Tibetan students who had applied last year for permission to hold a Losar celebration informed the university recently that they wished to cancel. But the university told them that the party must go on, said a university source who asked not to be quoted by name.

“Celebrating is compulsory,” he said.

Yes, Tibetans will “celebrate” and all will be well. The Chinese government should really keep telling itself that.

This passage also stood out:

Reports say that as many as 20,000 additional soldiers and paramilitary troops have been deployed in Tibetan areas and that in Qinghai province, village leaders were threatened with arrest if they urged people not to celebrate the holiday.

By comparison, the US is engaged in an active war in Afghanistan. President Obama recently announced the deployment of an additional 12-17,000 US troops to Afghanistan. The Chinese government, on the other hand, is using their military to stifle dissent while maintaining an occupation of Tibet

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