No More Chinese Communist Party

July 19, 2010

BBC: No room to talk in ‘stable’ Tibet

…..ours was a highly controlled tour.

We had a set programme, minders watching us everywhere, and few opportunities to talk to Tibetans freely.

Everywhere we had a police escort, and we passed huge military convoys rumbling along the mountain roads. It gave the impression China is nervous about its hold on Tibet.

“People here know that they are now enjoying the best conditions they’ve ever had in Tibet – so local people love China, they love the Communist Party”

We were taken to the Tibet University, a group of modern buildings with the Chinese flag fluttering high above them.

But when we tried to stop some Tibetan students to talk to them security guards came running across, shoved between us, and shooed the students away.

At the Jokhang, Tibet’s most important Buddhist temple, I was followed round by at least four plain-clothes security men……….

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