Poster by Cody, www.notorch.blogspot.com
According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), since the beginning of March this year, at least 324 Tibetans were arrested and detained by Chinese authorities, however the TCHRD believes the actual number is around 2300. Most recently, reports have also been received of the torture of eight Tibetan monks in the custody of Chinese authorities. One of the monks, who was released after several days in detention, was covered in bruises from the severe beatings he had undergone (FORUM-ASIA).
Update: I received links to photos provided by the TCHRD:
For video: http://www.tchrd.org/protest_video/
Police in Kuala Lumpur are in cohorts with the Chinese authorities. They are already issuing stern warnings against those who want to protest against the torch relay today:
From the PEOPLE’s PAPER:
Internal Security and Public Order Director Commissioner Datuk Hussin Ismail said all the necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the 16.5km torch relay ran smoothly. He said there were indications of people wanting to disrupt the run.
“We are in the midst of collecting the necessary information to ascertain whether these people are from outside or within the country. So far we have not detected anything but anyone who tries to disrupt the run will be severely dealt with”.
Chinese nationals have started protesting all over the world too, speaking against the media for bias reporting. They have shown evidence of Tibetans being violent. ‘Who is violent now?’ the photos begged an answer. Yet those on the Tibetan side have more photos to prove “Who was actually violent”. At the end, will this just be another war of photos?
To all this, I say, ‘charge them (those Tibetans violent) in court then, and prove that they were violent’.
Or else, human rights activists must never lose sight that violence has indeed occurred in Tibet, blood has spilled and the abusers must be accountable for it.