Are you persuaded by the stream of images released across social media and the internet showing Tibetans in various happy poses, framed in a context of contented modernity? Well the Chinese regime sure hopes so, as it wages a 24/7 psy-op to win your attention and lead you to conclude that Tibet is thriving and developing under China’s occupation. Yet everything is not as it seems in such staged shows of happiness. As indicated in the image above, behind the faked-smiles and flag waving lies the ever present hand of Chinese tyranny.
Tibetans must be dancing in the streets of Lhasa today on the news that the Chinese regime has published: “Tibetan Million Serf Liberation (sic) Commemorative Album” (a picture book of disinformation and falsehoods which rewrites the reality of China’s invasion and occupation of Tibet). To launch this political fiction China’s propaganda mouthpiece Xinhua staged an event on September 11 in the Tibetan capital. Featuring of course compliant Tibetans who from their expressions look delighted to receive this latest misrepresentation of history. We imagine they will find it a compelling read, as noted by the Xinua official who addressed the mobilized audience:
“Marxism will further consolidate the guiding position of the ideological leadership, consolidate the common ideological basis of the united struggle of the entire party and the whole nation, and continuously consolidate and expand the mainstream ideological paradox. The spiritual and cultural life of the people of all ethnic groups in the district sang the main theme of “praising the new China and forging new era (sic) “.
As part of the so-called ‘patriotic education’ program this fact-free publication and its ideological drivel will be forced upon Tibetans across occupied Tibet over the coming months.
The Tibetan town of Shigatse in southern Tibet, once a place of Buddhist pilgrimage and study, now home to increasing rates of alcoholism, prostitution and tourism’ courtesy of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Pollution too has risen, with the concrete sprawl housing Chinese colonizers, the air no longer sweet but carrying the stench of diesel and cheap petrol. Such is the modernity and progress introduced by the occupying Chinese regime.
On September 9 2019 a new spectacle arrived in Shigatse, one previously unknown or practiced by Tibet’s culture, the abuse of animals for the purposes of public entertainment. Male Tibetan yaks were corralled and then driven into an arena to fight. A natural conflict once seen only by Tibetan nomads on the grasslands of Tibet, a prelude to the mating season, remodeled into a crass tourist attraction and no doubt opportunity for gambling profits. These magnificent creatures, iconic symbols of Tibet reduced to the role of a fairground distraction, we wonder how onlooking Tibetans regarded this event? Would they be disturbed to witness such a scene? You would be forgiven for concluding so, after all Tibetans have a deeply rooted sense of compassion towards animals, drawn from Buddhist values and teachings. Yet such principles are being eroded.
China’s authorities are re-wiring the social-attitudes of Tibetans, breaking down Tibet’s cultural identity, taking control of its Buddhist culture and redesigning it, Buddha has been replaced by China’s dictator Xi Jinping on the altar within Tibetan homes. Such radical change has of course been possible only through a machinery of state imposed fear, torture, prison and forced labor are never far from the terrorized minds of Tibetans under Chinese rule. The iron-fist has also been supported by a relentless program of social engineering, Tibetans forced from their nomadic lifestyle into ‘socialist paradise villages’, no longer self-reliant for shelter, fuel or food, reduced to state of dependency. Meanwhile the children of Tibet are being indoctrinated through Chinese language dominated schools, where they are engineered into regarding themselves as loyal and proud citizens of the great People’s Republic (sic) of China. Each Tibetan house is fed a constant stream of Chinese language programs, disinformation and propaganda across the internet which has but one objective; the elimination of traditional Tibetan identity.
It’s being replaced with an ersatz version of Tibet’s cultural character, traditions, rituals and beliefs once forming daily life for Tibetans are now transformed into entertainment or propaganda events. It is no exaggeration to state that Tibetans are becoming an audience to a Chinese controlled circus in which the main attraction is a grotesque and distorted version of their culture. They are applauding their own demise!
On Tuesday, September 3 the Chinese regime authorized in Lhasa, occupied Tibet what was reported to be an ‘international fashion show’. There are many such events promoted by China’s propagandist outlets, across social media and the internet.
It’s a clever deception targeting a western audience, a cynical psy-op to mislead and distract from the traumatizing reality of Chinese rule in Tibet. Fashion, after all, is considered a form of high culture, a beauteous design reflecting modernity. To stage such shows in Tibet offers the oppressors and torturers of the Tibetan people an opportunity to cement in the perception of an occidental mind the notion that China has brought positive development and economic progress.
It also provides the vultures of commerce a chance to profit, which no doubt explains why the following fashion brands were actively involved in the Lhasa event: Chopard, Max Mara, Lane Crawford, Dazzle, Ports 1961, Brunello Cuccinelli, Mikimoto, Mr & Mrs Italy
Yet as their designers, costumers, cosmetic artists, hair stylists and photographers assembled in Lhasa what consideration was given to the condition and suffering Tibetans beyond the show’s security perimeter?
Of course we know the answer, right? A willing collaboration with the Chinese authorities reveals a cold indifference to the misery, injustice, tyranny and torture inflicted upon Tibetans, beyond the four-star venue and hotels which accommodated these companies.
Next time you go to the mall, keep an eye open for products from those fashion brands and ask yourself if anyone supporting freedom and human rights would in all conscience be comfortable with buying any of their products?
The Chinese regime and its Tibetan stooges are currently running a 10 day ‘training program’ in Lhasa, more accurately described as an intense brainwashing exercise targeting senior Buddhist figures from across occupied Tibet. The aim of this event, run by the ‘Institute of Socialism in Tibet’ is to indoctrinate and coerce on the subject of reincarnation, a process which Xi Jinping and his thugs are seeking to control and define.
Take these comments (from a Tibetan collaborator and active member of China’s communist party) issued on Friday 23rd August. Mr Suolang Renzeng, of the so-called ‘TAR United Front Work Department’ cautioned that reincarnation is “never a religious-only issue or a living Buddha’s personal right” going onto insist it being an important representation of the Communist Party of China’s strategies and policies in the region.
Ever fearful of Tibetan cultural and national identity, particularly the role of the Dalai Lama China’s seeking total control over every aspect of Tibet’s Buddhism. Under this suffocating and dictatorial lockdown only the enlightened wisdom of the Chinese regime has the authority to declare what constitutes a genuinely reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist!
Can you imagine what John Lennon would have thought about a museum in his Liverpool home-town installing facial recognition technology to invade the privacy of visitors, in an act of big-brother surveillance? Maybe his son can write a song about that? Yet for sure that’s what has happened according to a report by the UK campaigners Big Brother Watch, and what lies behind the decision is a cause for real concern to anyone valuing human rights and the intrusion of the state upon civil and personal liberties.
The World Museum has admitted that such technology was operated, and in a curious twist stated that the decision to extract the bio-metric data of its visitors was taken during an exhibition on China’s ‘terracotta warriors’.
It seems the move was suggested by the local cops! Now what on this good earth would they be so concerned about? Details are scarce, a tight lid has been closed which makes us wonder what was going down behind the scenes. What facts are known show that several Chinese government and academic institutions were closely involved with facilitating the exhibition. That it was taking placed in England, for the first time outside off of London suggests that UK authorities such as the Foreign Office would have a key role.
While in the background would be lurking security agencies like MI5. Such monitoring and involvement would have the goal of ensuring matters proceeded without incident or controversy. After all like China’s ‘Panda Diplomacy’ these artifacts are used by the Chinese regime as soft propaganda, exhorting the cultural marvels of an ancient past, for very present political purposes.
Given the appeasement which runs through UK policy towards China there would have been an acute sensitivity surrounding the exhibition, the question is who requested that face-scanners be part of security measures? From what we know Britain has some legal restrictions and protocols on the deployment and operation of such technology, on what basis then did the cops press the museum to employ such an intrusion of personal privacy?
Did they have confirmed intelligence of a planned protest or criminal action? If so surely an increased police presence would have been an appropriate measure? Was this the result of a confidential accord reached between the UK and Chinese government? Meanwhile we should of course give thought to the use of the bio-metric data which was taken from all those who visited this exhibition. Who had responsibility for it? Was it shared with any other agencies, including the Chinese authorities? Just where is that digital record now?
Whatever dirty politics or anxiety saturated diplomacy may be behind this gross violation of citizens right to privacy, one fact remains the Chinese regime and its technological attack dog, Huwawei have implemented the world’s most oppressive facial-recognition systems against the people of China and indeed in occupied lands such as Tibet and East Turkistan.
That a supposed liberal democracy like the UK has authorized such surveillance against its own people, in probable collaboration with and appeasement of China’s totalitarian regime is a deeply disturbing development. One that should be thoroughly exposed and challenged!
Image: cellphone images made possible by an extremely brave Tibetan
This is what happened. Yachen Gar, a major Tibetan Buddhist center, the size of a small town was invaded couple years back by Chinese paramilitary. On the orders of China’s regime the bulldozers moved in, centuries old buildings demolished, thousands of monks and nuns homeless. Rounded up by armed Chinese troops they were forced onto convoys of buses, destination prison camps. Held there under a brutal program of political indoctrination, mental and physical abuse, Tibetans whose daily life was dedicated to following the teachings of Buddhism now are forced to renounce their cultural identity. Failure to comply results in beatings, torture and additional years of detention.
Today we read that Tibetan nuns being held at Jomda near Chamdo in occupied Tibet have been beaten to a pulp by Chinese thugs, their supposed crime? Having each and every day being forced to sing songs in Chinese praising Xi Jinping and China’s communist party, followed by hours watching propaganda films on Chinese military campaigns these Tibetans are in psychological trauma. Some breakdown into tears. It was this response, which was seen as disloyalty and dissent against the glorious Chinese government, that resulted in a number of brutal assaults against these Tibetan women. Left unable to walk, barely conscious and seriously bruised they were removed into isolation cells. Following this attack they were informed their detention would be increased, more endless days of misery and indoctrination.
While these atrocities are being inflicted and China wages cultural genocide against Tibetans the political world shrugs, what kind of world are we inhabiting, in which such atrocities are ignored so as to maintain positive relations with China’s terrorist authorities?