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Tibet’s Phone Users Under 24/7 Surveillance

Tibet's Phone Users Under 24/7 Surveillance

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Couple of days back the Chinese regime trumpeted that phone usage in Tibet had increased to nearly 4 million.

Of course that would be worthy of celebration if such claimed increase came with attendant progress in human rights, religious freedom and respect for Tibet’s cultural traditions.

However far from indicating such improvements (or ideas of economic progress and social modernity, which is what China’s authorities seek to plant in your mind) for Tibetans, the expansion of cell phone networks and personal use is yet another component of the suffocating control over Tibet.

All networks are authorized and monitored by the regime, as is internet and phone use, while the roll-out of 5G across Tibet enables mass surveillance technology. No phone call inside occupied Tibet is safe!

 

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China’s Psychological Assault On Tibet’s Children

One of the areas in which the Chinese regime excels in is its use of euphemism. Like all dictatorships it uses such language to dilute, distract and conceal the more odious of its policies and practices. This is important to remember when you are consuming mainstream media reports on Tibet, as they simply repeat the official Chinese narrative.

China's Psychological Assault On Tibet's Children

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Take for example a report today, picked up by a number of news agencies and that ‘Education quality in Tibet’ has improved. Do you think that refers to student attainment, quality of teaching, educational progress? Of course it would reasonable that some may apply such an interpretation, which is the response the Chinese authorities were hoping to produce.

China's Psychological Assault On Tibet's Children

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However what this cynical and sly propaganda is really celebrating when referring to ‘improvement’ is the sinicization of Tibetan children’s thinking and sense of personal and cultural identity. After all when we use the term ‘school’ as applying to China’s occupation of Tibet it’s important to be mindful of their central purpose and function. To groom Tibetan children into regarding themselves as Chinese citizens, loyal to Xi Jinping and China’s brutal regime,

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Tibetan Collaborators Aiding The Destruction of Tibet

Tibetan Collaborators Aiding The Destruction of Tibet

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If Tibetans inside occupied Tibet were allowed, under international monitoring, to determine the future status of their country do you think they’d vote for a continuation of Chinese rule?

The subject of building what has been laughingly described as Striving to be a Model of National Unity Together and Building a Beautiful and Happy Tibet was today the topic of a meeting organized by the Chinese regime and attended by  politically indoctrinated Tibetans.

These are individuals who join the communist Chinese party to gain financial and employment security, others are ideologues, while younger ‘delegates’ have been completely brainwashed.

Tibetan Collaborators Aiding The Destruction of Tibet

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It is of course impossible for the people of occupied Tibet not to be exposed to the daily flood of Chinese disinformation, political slogans are on virtually every street, television broadcasts and the internet are dominated by official propaganda. Towns and villages are targeted with staged public events in praise of Xi Jinping. While as we have reported previously Tibetan children are being  denied their cultural identity and heritage and groomed into loyal Chinese speaking citizens.

Tibetan Collaborators Aiding The Destruction of Tibet

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Yet whatever the reasons for becoming a collaborator those Tibetans approving and implementing the latest edicts on Tibet from China’s regime, far from building a contented and thriving Tibetan society, are assisting in the oppression and elimination of Tibet’s cultural and national identity.

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Tibetan Town Placed Under Paramilitary Occupation For Unauthorized Internet Use

In a land already suffocating under the terrorism imposed by the Chinese regime Tibetans continue to be targeted, criminalized, abused and viciously oppressed. Reports emerged today of Chinese paramilitary on the streets of Dza Wonpo, a town in occupied Tibet’s Kham region during  late 2019. That the information has surfaced now is due to the  complete lock-down forced upon Tibetans, daily activities are constantly monitored and recorded, informers are ever present, while the internet is under 24/7 surveillance by the Chinese authorities.

Tibetan Town Placed Under Paramilitary Occupation For Unauthorized Internet Use

Image: made possible by courageous Tibetans inside Tibet

Under such circumstances it is remarkable that these images and report has been made available, due entirely to very courageous Tibetans from inside Tibet. From their information over thirty Tibetans were arrested and held between November 21 and December 12 2019, with a further eight people detained. Their ‘crimes’ it appears were being suspected of using the internet to contact exiled Tibetans, and possessing images of the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan Town Placed Under Paramilitary Occupation For Unauthorized Internet Use

Image: made possible by courageous Tibetans inside Tibet

The response from the Chinese regime was typical, dispatching a massive convoy of ‘security’ vehicle and flooding the town with paramilitary troops. Such is the reality for Tibetans existing under the illegal and brutal rule of China.

 

 

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Facebook’s Intrusive Disruption To Our Engagement On Tibet

Facebook's Intrusive Disruption To Our Engagement On Tibet

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This is a heads-up to all our friends and subscribers who follow and engage with our Facebook (FB) page /digitalactivism

On Tuesday January 7 Facebook’s censor-bots will deny us access to that, so we’re reaching out to all our friends here who support our work on Tibet and would like to continue to follow us for news, information and campaigns. Join us at our replacement Facebook page here —>> https://www.facebook.com/Tibettruth-100444794824609

This has been created to temporarily replace our previous page /digitalactivism due to be locked down (January 7, 2020) to us by FB because we did not comply with demands to make known our account’s admin location nor provide a cell phone number. We declined to do so as we oppose that intrusion of privacy and confidentiality, and would not wish to expose such data to third-parties, including Chinese interests.

We’ve published this page to allow our many friends a link where they can continue to receive news, information and campaign actions on Tibet. It is vital that the human rights situation inside occupied Tibet is exposed and opposed, and allowed to reach the widest audience possible. As a dominant social media platform with a massive global reach Facebook is an invaluable resource towards our activism. It allows us to report on issues, abuses, and events relating to Tibet which mainstream media utterly ignores.

Denying us that freedom of speech is a form of censorship that pleases only the Chinese regime, who welcome the silencing of any voice that reveals their tyranny. In the spirit of human rights and free expression we hope that this latest page will not also be targeted by the censorial algorithms of Facebook.

Meanwhile we intend to rebuild our presence here, providing thoughtful articles, breaking news and related information on Tibet. We look forward to reaching out and reconnecting with our global friends and supporters. It begins today!

Please tell your friends and share this on your FB page.Thanks.

Why’s this happening you may wonder? Well our page has over the past months been attracting increasing numbers of views and interaction, which has been amazing in getting the message out on Tibet. Couple days back we get a notification from FB threatening to close our page unless we complete their ‘two way authentication’, which requires us to provide a cell number and confirm a location.

 

Facebook's Intrusive Disruption To Our Engagement On Tibet

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Now given the record of FB on personal data-mining and releasing information to third parties, along with its notorious vulnerabilities we are not going to provide them with any details that would compromise our operational anonymity or personal data of volunteers who run our Facebook account. We read also that cell-phone numbers provided may have been made available to corporations and advertisers, of course we cannot discount that Chinese interest in such data could also be a risk.

 

Facebook's Intrusive Disruption To Our Engagement On Tibet

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On this basis we wont be agreeing to their demand, in the short term it means an inconvenience and break in communication with many people who have been engaging with our page, but we will be reaching out across social-media to reconnect. What we shall not be doing is complying with Facebook’s latest intrusions nor allowing what is a form of censorship to block our outreach with friends on that platform.

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Tibet’s Aspiration For Independence Consumed To The Flames By Exiled Tibetan Administration

Tibet's Aspiration For Independence Consumed To The Flames By Exiled Tibetan Administration

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Tibet’s culture is being burned into oblivion by the occupying Chinese regime, yet blazing even more fiercely within Tibetan hearts is the hope that one day their land shall be free of China’s tyranny and that their rightful independence will be regained. This aspiration has fueled resistance to Chinese rule since Tibet was invaded in 1950. More recently it has been a major demand issued by Tibetans who have self-immolated. A reality not only ignored by the exiled Tibetan Administration but cynically re-written, an action we oppose and expose.

This is our statement, released January 3, 2020 across social media.

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Tibetans Have Nothing To Celebrate As 2020 Ushers In More Oppression For Tibet

Tibetans Have Nothing To Celebrate As 2020 Ushers In More Oppression For Tibet

Image: researched and produced by @tibettruth

Well we made it, 2020  has arrived and around the world much celebration for a better year, unless you were a Tibetan suffering under the relentless misery and oppression of Chinese rule. In Lhasa and across occupied Tibet there were no parties, music concerts or dancing, only the sound of paramilitary patrols stomping along the sidewalk.

While the highlight show for the evening was a speech from Xi Jinping extolling the virtues of patriotism and loyalty to the Chinese communist party and its ambitions for the so-called Motherland.

For any Tibetan who dared go outside they would be confronted by the countless armed patrols ensuring what the Chinese authorities call ‘social harmony’

 

Tibetans Have Nothing To Celebrate As 2020 Ushers In More Oppression For Tibet

Image: researched and produced by @tibettruth

All movement is constantly monitored and Tibetans face a series of suffocating restrictions, roads into and out of towns are littered with checkpoints and anyone driving is targeted for ID checks.

 

Tibetans Have Nothing To Celebrate As 2020 Ushers In More Oppression For Tibet

Image: researched and produced by @tibettruth

In Lhasa and other Tibetan towns high-tech security systems are being implemented, including facial recognition cameras and bio-metric barriers to control and identify each and every Tibetan. There is no aspect of life inside Tibet which is free from surveillance and Chinese regime oppression.

 

Tibetans Have Nothing To Celebrate As 2020 Ushers In More Oppression For Tibet

Image: researched and produced by @tibettruth