'Hundred Days' campaign launched in Amchok

21st December 2018

Authorities in eastern Tibet’s Sangchu County have stepped up efforts against dissent

Tibetans in Amchok Township have been notified of an intensive campaign to root out illegal underworld forces, which China blames for creating instability in the region.

The new scheme, known as the 'Hundred Days' campaign, fits into a wider pattern of behaviour since the 2008 uprising in Tibet, whereby China has cracked down on Tibetans suspected of harbouring so-called separatist tendencies. With this increased military deployment and heightened surveillance the authorities have created an environment of constant intimidation.

Over the past year Free Tibet has documented other notifications aimed at rooting out so-called underworld forces and restricting Tibetans' participation in religious activities.

This latest notification was issued by Sangchu County Court, the area’s public investigation and security departments, and the local law enforcement office. Signed on 13 November, it announces a one-hundred-day campaign, which began on 15 November 2018 and will last until 25 February 2019.

The document goes on to encourage residents to report illegal activities, promising strict confidentiality and a reward of 500 to 30,000 Yuan.

Activities that the authorities regard as illegal include groups communicating outside of China. It could also impact on groups working for increased environmental protections as well as religious organisations seeking to hold events, due to China’s broad definition of underworld forces and what it regards as behaviour which undermines stability.

In all, the notification contains fourteen points, outlining prohibited behaviour, some of which impede on Tibetan’s lifestyle and customs, or infringe their human rights. These include:

[1] Undermining political stability, especially by harming the interest of the country and people by secretly communicating with an illegal organisation outside the country.

[7] Initiating protest in response to criminal, welfare or transportation issues, or as a result of land disputes. This includes inciting the destruction of government offices and public property, as well as blocking roads.

[8] Sending messages through messaging channels such as WeChat that harm stability and security in Tibet, or spread harmful gossip about the Party, government and the country.

[12] Crossing of farming boundaries and grazing cattle with ill intentions, blocking of others’ cattle, and arousing quarrels or dispute.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch. 

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