Dharamsala, September 11 – China will launch a renewed “Strike Hard” campaign in Tibet ahead of the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October, an official report on Xizang Re bao
(Tibet Daily) said.
The Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Zhang Qingli, through a videoconference, asked his party members, government officials and security officials to deliver “proper delegation of roles of the concerned officials at all levels to strengthen cooperation, work closely together to maintain stability in the region and to ensure a smooth National Day celebrations.”
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy expressed concerns that the “Strike Hard’ campaign will be used by China to quell any form of dissent through violent means. Though China claims the main objective of the so-called “Strike Hard” campaign is to secure stability the centre says the Chinese authorities will abuse the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people by resorting to arbitrary arrests and detention. The centre also fears authorities will target former Tibetan political prisoners who might be asked to leave Lhasa ahead of the celebrations.
Zhang, who earlier last year called the Dalai Lama a “wolf in monk’s robes”, lauded the Party members and security forces for the success in suppressing ‘riots’ and securing stability post March 14, 2008. He called for more efforts in ‘checking and defeating the ‘Dalai clique’ and ‘separatists’ forces outside’.
"Strike Hard" (Ch: Yanda) campaign was initiated in China in 1983 to reduce crime and fight corruption within China but later evolved into a political tool of oppression, especially in Tibet where political dissent and anti government sentiments are quelled with the "Strike Hard" campaign.
The last “Strike Hard” campaign lasted for 42-days from its day of launch, 18 January 2009, during which a total of 5,766 Tibetans were rounded up for questioning, according to the centre. No official figure, however, was made available of Tibetans released, sentenced or detained.