Oh, the giant hand of Big Brother…seems the Chinese Government has decided that the rural Tibetans would better serve China in newly created “Socialist Villages”, so they are making them move…at their own expense. This way they can have more control over these people, and its aim is to present a more modern face for this ancient region.
A vital element in the strategy is to displace a revered leader, the Dalai Lama, now 71, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for advocating resistance to the communist government. The government hopes to replace him after he dies with a state-appointed successor, and in the meantime it’s opened the gates of Tibet to greater numbers of ethnic Han Chinese and tightened control of religious activity.
Scary stuff…Their state media of course is saying the farmers are happy and they are smiling about this, but it’s all just a ploy by the government to round up people that might have their own thoughts. First we see Russia heading back to the dark ages, the United States with the Patriot Act, and now China. There is something in the air…and it’s not a fresh cool breeze.
Hat tip to Boing Boing for the heads up on this.