Tibet, i contadini si rifiutano di coltivare le terre per protesta contro Pechino

I Tibetani, scontenti delle azioni intraprese dal Governo cinese, hanno deciso di perseguire una nuova forma di protesta contro Pechino. I contadini si rifiuteranno di coltivare i loro campi.

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Tibetan discontent at Chinese rule has taken a new twist, with farmers refusing to till their fields in a show of passive resistance against Beijing.

So anxious are officials at the latest action that they have sent in troops from the People’s Liberation Army to work with farmers – or in their place if need be – to carry out spring planting in mountainous regions able to support only one crop a year.

tibetan farmers protest against chinese government

Local sources said that many farmers in areas of Sichuan province with large ethnic Tibetan populations have decided to down tools and leave their barley fields fallow this year.

“The farmers know that they will be the ones to suffer if they do this,” one source told The Times. “But this is a way for them to show their unhappiness.”

State-run TV broadcast footage, shot by army cameramen, of soldiers accompanying Tibetan farmers into the fields to plough and hoe. The Government has even ordered officials and party members into the fields themselves to get on with the spring planting.

The extent of the protest was impossible to gauge since foreign reporters are barred from Tibet and have been prevented from entering Tibetan-populated regions. However, it appears to be serious enough to have prompted a statement this week from the Dalai Lama’s base in India, saying: “The Tibetan Government in exile of the Dalai Lama appeals to Tibetans not to make this sacrifice and to stop their ‘refusal to till the fields’.”

A huge police and army presence across Tibet has failed to still simmering unrest, local residents said. Incidents occur almost daily across the Ganze area of Sichuan, which experienced some of the most widespread protests after peaceful demonstrations by monks in Lhasa in March last year spiralled into a riot that left 22 people dead.

A Tibetan monk was killed and eight people wounded when Tibetan farmers and paramilitary police clashed in Luhuo county late last month. The farmers had refused to commit to plant a certain amount of their land with crops and the police were called in. The dead monk had been organising the farmers to refuse to plant crops, local residents said.

Fearful of losing control, the paramilitary People’s Armed Police on Sunday paraded detainees in seven trucks around the streets of Ganze. Each suspect was held by two police, who forced them to bow their heads. A notice was hung around the neck of each one, although a Tibetan source said that he could not read them because he was unfamiliar with Chinese characters.

posted on Times on line, 11 april 2009


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