LHASA, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Courts in Tibet have so
far meted out sentences to 76 people involved in the March 14 riot last year in
the capital city of Lhasa, a senior Tibetan official said.
Nyima Cering, vice chairman of the standing committee
of the Tibet regional People's Congress, made the remarks at a press conference
Nyima Cering, vice chairman of the
standing committee of the Tibet Autonomous Regional People's Congress,
answers questions at a press conference on Feb. 10, 2009 in Lhasa,
Tibet. (Xinhua Photo)
The plateau city of Lhasa was rocked by serious
rioting on March 14 last year, which was two weeks before the traditional
Tibetan New Year.
He said the riot seriously affected China's
sovereignty. "Any responsible government will surely resort to necessary means
to safeguard its Constitution and sovereignty," he said.
He said the government had kept the maximum restraint
and did not use anti-personnel weapons in handling the incident.
"Tibetan people are enjoying a good life now. There
is no reason for them to forgo celebrating their traditional holiday this year,"
he said, in response to an underground campaign by some secessionists to boycott
the festival to "mourn the dead of 2008."
There will be a week-long public holiday, starting on
Feb. 23, in Tibet to celebrate the Tibetan New Year.
"Everything is back on track. Religious events have
remained normal," said the Tibetan official.
Non Gyal, a monk from the Johkang Temple, attended
the press conference. He said he was "misled by a group of people" to disrupt a
media group, falsifying authorities had killed more than100 people in Lhasa
during the riot last year.
"I was neither taken into custody nor punished. My
life and religious study have been normal," said the monk.
Tibet Vice mayor Cao Bianjiang said at the press
conference that the city has taken security measures to combat sabotage attempts
a year after the March 14 riots.
He also said that the government has reflected on the
cause of the incident and meanwhile taken measures to comfort and assist those
who were affected in the violence and to restore order in life and production.
"We hope for peace and stability in Lhasa. However,
some people don't want to see Lhasa enjoy economic growth and people enjoy happy
life," he said.
Nyima Cering reiterated his indignation that certain
foreign governments, disregarding bilateral ties and Chinese people's feelings,
conferred honor and titles on the Dalai Lama.
"They are merely using the Dalai Lama as a tool to
encourage secessionist activities against China," he said, noting such acts have
seriously interfered in China's internal affairs and damaged bilateral
"It will do no good to their friendly relations with
China and the Chinese people," he said.
Senior procurator: People engaged in
Lhasa unrest will be dealt with according to law
Sun Qian, deputy procurator-general of
the Supreme People's Procuratorate, answers questions during a press
conference on "judicial justice" in Beijing, capital of China, March 15,
2008. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- China's judicial organ
will properly deal with the people who engaged themselves in creating unrest in
Lhasa according to law, said Sun Qian, deputy procurator-general of the Supreme
People's Procuratorate, on Saturday. Full story
Armed police rescue 580 people from Lhasa
LHASA, March 15
(Xinhua) -- Armed police in Lhasa have rescued more than 580 people, including
three Japanese tourists, from banks, supermarkets, schools and hospitals that
were set alight by violent saboteurs, sources with the Tibet Autonomous Region
government said on Saturday. Full story
Lhasa calm after riot, traffic control
LHASA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- After a day of rioting
that killed 10 people on Friday, Lhasa reported no new incidents of violence on
Saturday in the Tibetan regional capital.
Friday's riot involved beatings, vandalism, looting
of shops and arson orchestrated by the Dalai clique, disturbing 18 years of
tranquility in the city. Full