Military gather in Tibetan capital

Friday, 9 November 2012
Chinese forces with Potala Palace in the background

Propaganda broadcast of soliders in Lhasa

New video reveals an intimidating show of force by China in the middle of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

Chinese state television broadcast a programme yesterday which showed scores of Chinese military personnel sitting in the shadow of Potala Palace – the former residence of the Dalai Lama.

Restrictions on Tibetans

The army personnel were watching a broadcast of the opening day of the 18th Party Congress. Tibetans were prevented from entering Potala Square, normally a public area.

There are reports that Tibetans in Lhasa were arrested as the Congress began, as a preventative measure, and that restrictions of movement have been placed on the ‘old residential area’ of Lhasa – where the majority of Tibetans live.

Chinese intimidation

Last weekend footage of security forces on training exercises were broadcast across the region. The footage featured announcements that they are ready to do whatever it takes to crush those who are destroying stability in the region to ensure that the 18th Party Congress is not disrupted.

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