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Plainclothed Lhasa Police Create an Illusion of Peace

Epoch Times
May 07, 2008

On May 1, the Voice of Tibet in Norway reported that when the Olympic torch was being passed around Mount Everest and Lhasa, Chinese authorities ordered soldiers and police to wear civilian clothes and secretly maintain social order. By doing so the authorities attempt to convince the international community that harmony had been restored to Tibet so shortly after the unrest.

An information source said that because outside media and mainland tourists have been visiting the area to witness the Olympic torch being passed around Mount Everest, the Chinese government told Lhasa police to disguise themselves in plain clothes in order to give the outside world the impression that the army had already evacuated the area. The truth is that the number of troops has increased.

On April 30 armed police near the Ramoche Monastery disguised themselves as tourists wearing red hats. Police in other places have pretended to be tourists or civilian workers in black hats. They have been loitering about in the streets in small groups, some holding radio-telephones.

Local Tibetans told the reporter that the "tourists" in small groups who were all wearing the same colored hats were actually policemen and the soldiers posted at the Sera Monastery had also replaced their military uniforms with business suits with "Security Officer" badges on their chests.

The source also pointed out that plainclothed police and paid informers have been wandering the streets of Lhasa and mingling among Buddhist believers to monitor their daily religious rituals. Some retired officers from legal enforcement departments have been enlisted as part-time non-uniformed police.

It was also reported that on April 29, when a public trial against 30 so-called rioters was held by the Lhasa People's Municipal Intermediate Court, those in attendance were selected and arranged by local government organizations including the Communist Party Committee, People's Congress and Resident Committees. The 30 Tibetans who were to be tried had been cruelly coerced. Some were hurt so badly that they could not walk into the courtroom on their own. One of the Tibetans was unable to stand up maybe because his legs were broken.

Some attendees said that all formal procedures such as lawyers' arguments and defendants' statements were completely eliminated from the trial.

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