70 held in Lhasa on Day 1 of Tibet ‘strike hard’ campaign

(TibetanReview.net, Mar06, 2010)  Seventy Tibetans have been held from rental houses along Sera Road in Tibet’s capital Lhasa on Mar 2 evening under a “strike hard” campaign launched that morning ahead of the 51st anniversary on Mar 10 of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. Citing Lhasa Evening News (Chinese) Mar 3, Dharamsala-based Tibet Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) Mar 3 said the 70 were held for being without their ID. Security has been greatly strengthened with deployment of additional forces not only in Lhasa but across the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), the report added.

The duration of the campaign has not been mentioned; TCHRD feels that it would continue for months.

TCHRD quoted the Lhasa Evening News report as saying: “The Lhasa City Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials under the order of Lhasa City government, the TAR PSB, TAR Party Committee and Lhasa City Party Committee had carried out the ‘Strike Hard’ Campaign from 9:00PM (Beijing standard time) yesterday across the Tibetan Capital, Lhasa….the campaign was also launched across all seven prefectures under the TAR in order to strike hard according to law against all kinds of criminal activity and to vigorously uphold the social order and stability.”

TCHRD said armed security forces had been deployed at all the strategic locations in Lhasa with setting up of barricades, vehicles entering the city or going out of it being strictly checked, and homes of the Tibetan people as well as guesthouses being searched or raided at random.

The centre sees the campaign as a prelude to large scale arbitrary arrests and detentions ahead of the Mar 10 uprising anniversary.

The current strike is seen as being more intense and widespread than in earlier times under similar circumstances, indicating a more hardline approach to dealing with the situation in Tibet.

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