A notification issued earlier this year pledges to crack down on “underworld forces” in eastern Tibet
Free Tibet has received a copy of a notice posted earlier this year by local authorities in Tibet, instructing the public to inform them about the activities of “underworld forces”.
The notice, which was posted on 26 March 2018 by the Yushu Prefecture Commission for Discipline and Supervisory Committee, provided contact details to further encourage party members, workers and the wider public to actively disclose such information.
The reference to "underworld forces" includes acts of dissent by Tibetans, or even activities that promote Tibetan culture. Among the prohibitions listed in the article are displaying portraits of the Dalai Lama, which the CCP has in the past compared to Americans displaying pictures of Saddam Hussein, and inciting others to intervene in the Chinese education system in the name of protecting Tibetan culture, its language or its environment.
The reference to intervening in educational affairs to promote the Tibetan language is of particular note because Yushu is the home prefecture of language advocate Tashi Wangchuk. He is currently serving a five-year sentence after Yushu Intermediate People's Court found him guilty of "inciting separatism" in May this year.
Protecting China from the 'underworld'
Tibetans who protest against the Chinese Communist Party and its activities in Tibet, or who promote Tibetan culture in any way that displease the authorities, are routinely accused by Chinese authorities of promoting separatism or of being part of a so called 'Dalai clique'. The CCP has often labelled the Dalai Lama, living in exile in India, as a malicious outside force, promoting the break up of China, despite the Dalai Lama himself making it clear that his stance is for genuine Tibetan autonomy within China.
The notification contains 19 points which include rules from both the Central Committee of the CCP and Yushu’s Discipline and Supervisory Committee which seek to tackle underworld forces.
Several of the points either directly target Tibetans or those closely related to Tibetan resistance. These include:
Number 1: Threats to political security, especially institutional security, from underworld forces that permeate the political realm.
Number 3: The use of family, clan, or religious power by underworld forces to dominate and oppress village leaders and town leaders.
Number 4: Underworld forces which incite peasants and herdsmen to organise and plan rioting or petitioning against land acquisition, land leasing, demolitions or engineering projects.
Number 10: Underworld forces crossing national borders.
Number 11: Intervening in legal affairs or social management projects by underworld forces.
Number 12: Inciting others to intervene in China’s educational and economic affairs in the name of protecting Tibetan culture, language or its environment.
Number 13: Those who display ceremonial scarfs and portraits of the Dalai Lama on motorcades.
Information supplied by Tibet Watch.
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