Footage of Tibetans being dragged from homes by heavily armed police emerges

Friday, 9 December 2011

Hard-hitting video footage (1) of a number of Tibetans being dragged from their homes by heavily armed paramilitary Chinese People’s Armed Police (PAP) and PAP SWAT teams has emerged from Tibet. The footage is believed to have been filmed in April 2008 near Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, during the crackdown in the weeks following the largest protests in Tibet in fifty years.

“The footage shows how China uses house searches and arrests to intimidate the Tibetan people,” said Stephanie Brigden, Director of Free Tibet.

“The culture of censorship in Tibet means it has taken three years for this footage to be seen. Under such conditions, none of us can know what is truly happening inside Tibet at any given moment.”

The footage shows scores of heavily armed People’s Armed Police going from house to house at dawn and dragging Tibetans out of their homes. Some of the Tibetans are taken into the snow outside their homes barefoot and held in stress positions while large numbers of armed police stand around them.

The Tibetans in the footage are allegedly some of the ‘most wanted’ protesters from Tibetan protests in March 2008 when locals from Lhasa and the surrounding area joined monks and nuns protesting against Chinese rule as protests spread across the Tibetan plateau.

Some of those arrested are still missing and their families are unaware of their whereabouts.

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Notes to Editor

1) http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/tibetan-arrests-captured-video

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