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Hundreds of police and armed Chinese military personnel were deployed in front of the main Tibetan temple, 'Jokhang,' in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa, on 10 December, which was both the 20th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's reception of the Nobel Peace Prize, and World Human Rights Day.

The authorities also warned visiting foreign tourists not to take photos, threatening that their cameras would be confiscated. Yesterday, a female Tibetan writer posted the news and photos on her blog under the headline, “What happened in Lhasa on World Human Rights Day?”

The Tibetan writer Woeser wrote, “The military reaction and behavior shown by armed Chinese policemen and soldiers in the capital of Lhasa was so ironic," on this day when human rights were commemorated and honored around the world.

16december20092The question for Chinese communist regime is: is this a policy of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s “harmonious society”? On many occasions, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has earnestly urged the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with the current situation, encouraging a spirit of understanding and foresight; but the arrests, sentences, imprisonments and oppression in Tibet have continued almost every day after the events of last March, which led to deadly crackdowns all over Tibet. The Chinese military deployment on World Human Rights Day was another significant sign of the deteriorating situation inside Tibet.

This reaction come after another huge deployment of Chinese military in Nyakchu District of Lithang county, eastern Tibet, where hundreds of Tibetans staged a peaceful protest for the release of their spiritual leader, Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, whom the Chinese sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. More than 150 Tibetans were arrested and 20 seriously injured in the crackdown. Local authorities warned Tibetans not to send their protest photos and news abroad, including to the Tibetan communities in-exile, threatening that they would be sentenced to 9 to 15 years in jail, local people told The Tibet Post International via Skype calls on 8 December.

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