Tibet's government-in-exile appealed to Beijing on Saturday to end what it said was a Chinese crackdown on fresh protests in the troubled region.
A statement by Tibet's exiled cabinet, the Kashag, said it was “convinced that this show of military force by the Chinese authorities and the accompanying strike hard campaign are acts of provocation.”
The Kashag has also requested Tibetans in Tibet to avoid any clashes with the Chinese people. Since then to our deep regret the situation in Tibet has deteriorated by the fact that the PRC authorities have deployed additional troops across the Tibetan plateau.
The deployment of additional troops are significant and conspicuous in the Tibetan capital city Lhasa, Labrang Tashikhyil (Ch:Xiahe), Rebgong (Ch:Tongren), Lithang in Kham and in other parts of Tibet. The PRC authorities' recent remarks that they "will wage a people's war" to crush any potential protest is especially inflammatory and is an incitement for ethnic tension.
The authorities' refusal to permit tourists to visit Tibet is a clear indication that the situation in Tibet is not stable, despite their claims to the contrary.
A rights group in Dharamsala, the seat of Tibet's exiled government in northern India, said this week 21 Tibetans have been detained since a Feb 15 protest began in the Lithang region.
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said hundreds of paramilitaries had arrived in Lithang after fresh protests and placed severe restrictions on the movement of people and streets looked deserted.
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