When the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959, he organized the "Tibetan government in exile" with a view to restoring the feudal serfdom featuring temporal and religious administration in Tibet so as to continue to enjoy the privileges he used to enjoy in the past. Over the past 50 years, the struggle against separation and retrogression and for unification and progress has never ended. During the period, the Dalai clique has never stopped working to tear Tibet away from the motherland. For this purpose, they repeatedly incited and organized people to conduct riots in and outside the Tibet Autonomous Region. On March 14, 2008 rioters began a rampage, beating people, smashing businesses, looting and burning in Lhasa. The March 14 riot in Lhasa was part of the Dalai clique's activities conducted to tear Tibet away from China and undermine the Beijing Olympic Games. The sabotage activities the Dalai clique conducted in an organized and planned way aroused the indignation of the Chinese, including people in Tibet, and the international community condemned such sabotage activities too.
Major activities the Dalai clique conducted in the past 50 years to tear Tibet away from the motherland:
1.The armed rebellion broke out in Tibet in 1959 and the 14th Dalai Lama and some of his men fled to India where they formed the "Tibetan government in exile" with the 14th Dalai Lama serving as its "head of state". They also produced their "constitution of the state of Tibet."
2.They organized "the religion-protecting army of the four rivers and six ranges," and the Indian-Tibetan "special border forces" to harass the Chinese border for more than 10 years.
3.The Dalai clique issued "the future constitution of Tibet" in October 1963, which was revised into "the constitution of the Tibetans in exile" in 1991. It contains the term "country of the locals".
4.In March 1980, the 14th Dalai Lama convened a meeting of Tibetan separatist leaders in Dharamsala, India, which produced five measures for the realization of "Tibetan independence".
5. On September 21, 1987, the 14th Dalai Lama declared in the United States: "Tibet is an independent country."
6.From September 27, 1987 to March 1989, several riots broke out in Lhasa for "the independence of Tibet."
7. In March 2008, the Dalai clique organized riots in Lhasa and some other places.
Picture shows rioters smashing PLA motor vehicles in the Lhasa street.
The riots in Lhasa from September 27, 1987 to March 1989 were incited by the anti-China forces in the West and the Dalai clique, and designed for "Tibetan independence".
On September 21, 1987, the 14th Dalai Lama delivered a speech in the United States, declaring that "Tibet is not part of the Chinese territory. Instead, Tibet is an independent country." On September 27, under the instigation of the "Tibet youth congress", riots broke out in Lhasa. Shouting slogans for "Tibetan independence", the rioters attacked the government institutions, smashed cars, robbed properties, burned business stores and public buildings, and injured on-duty police.
In March 1989, incited by the Dalai clique, some monks and bands of law breakers staged serious riots in Lhasa, attacking the government organs, beating and wounding innocent people on streets and burning business stores. Their violent activities destabilized the peaceful situation enjoyed by Tibet then.
Lhasa on March 14, 2008.
On March 10, 2008, the 14th Dalai Lama spoke at the rally held to mark the so-called "49th anniversary of the fight against violence in Tibet". This was followed by 150 serious criminal acts of violence involving beating, destruction of property, looting and arson in Lhasa and some other places in Tibet. Many people were killed or wounded and thousands of houses burnt down. The riot that broke out in Lhasa on March 14 is one of these.
This Reuters photo shows the March 14 riot in Lhasa was a combination of criminal violence and separatist activities. It was aimed at splitting the country and seeking "Tibetan independence".
In the face of the March 14 riot in Lhasa, Chinese police displayed greatest self-restraint. Picture shows monk rioters attacking the police.
A shop owner escaping his store on the Dusengge Road in Lhasa, which was set fire by rioters on March 14, 2008.
At 3 on the afternoon of March 14, 2008, the Yicheng Garment Store in Lhasa was set fire by rioters. Six saleswomen, about 20 years old, and of Han or Tibetan ethnic group, were trapped in big fire; only Zholma, one of the six, managed to escape the fire, and five others were burned to death. They are Cering Zholgar, Yang Dongmei, Chen Jia, He Jiaxing and Liu Yan.
Statistics show, during the Lhasa March 14 riot, the rioters set fire to some 300 places, burned down 908 business stores, seven schools, 120 civilian residences and five hospitals, and smashed up 10 financial institutions. A total of 20 buildings were razed to ground, 84 cars burned down, 18 innocent people killed, and 382 people wounded, including 58 seriously wounded.
Lhaba (first left), vice-chairman of the Jokhang Monastery Administration Committee in Lhasa, briefing the visiting foreign diplomatic officials what happened around his monastery during the March 14 riots.
Soon after the March 13 riot in Lhasa, Radi (left, Tibetan), Vice-Chairman of the 10th NPC Standing Committee, and Pagbla Geleg Namgyi (middle, Tibetan), Vice-Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, stressed the importance of maintaining social peace and stability in Tibet and voiced indignation at the riots. Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmei (Tibetan), Vice-Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, in meeting with the Xinhua reporters, condemned the riots which he said were aimed at tearing Tibet away from the motherland.
Some Western media distorted truth in covering the March 14 riots in Lhasa. They did so in total disregard to the principles indispensable for news writing.
Picture One was taken from CNN website. In order to distort the fact, the CNN deliberately cut off the part showing how rioters threw stones at the vehicle.
Picture Two taken from a Western website shows the Chinese armed police "arresting Tibetans". Actually, it is a picture showing the Chinese armed police providing support to a Lhasa boy named Norgyi (in the picture).
Picture Three shows Norgyi was saying to the reporters on March 31, 2008: "I have to explain what happened then." According to the 14-year-old boy, the law breakers knocked out half of his front tooth with a stone.
When the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay reached Paris, France, Tibetan separatists tried to grab the torch away from Jin Jing, a handicapped torch bearer. In the face of the sudden attack, the Chinese girl was composed and protected the torch with her life.