24/03/08 "Workers World" -- - Has Tibet become the front line of a new national liberation struggle? Or is something else happening there?
One frequently quoted source is John Ackerly. Who is Ackerly? As president of the International Campaign for
A private international security agency in Washington, Harbor Lane Associates, lists Ackerly and the International Campaign for
AP, Reuters and the other Western news agencies all quote Ackerly as a major source for exaggerated reports about the clashes that have just occurred in
“John Ackerly, of the International Campaign for
Qiangba Puncog, a Tibetan who is chair of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Government, described the situation quite differently at a March 17 press briefing in
According to china.org.cn,
“‘Thirteen innocent civilians were burned or stabbed to death in the riot in Lhasa on March 14, and 61 police were injured, six of them seriously wounded,’ said Qiangba Puncog.
“Statistics also show that rioters set fire to more than 300 locations, including residential houses and 214 shops, and smashed and burned 56 vehicles. ...
“Qiangba Puncog also claimed that security personnel did not carry or use any lethal weapons in dealing with the riot last Friday. ...
“The violence was the result of a conspiracy between domestic and overseas groups that advocate ‘
“According to Qiangba Puncog, on March 10, 49 years ago, the slave owners of old Tibet launched an armed rebellion aimed at splitting the country. That rebellion was quickly quelled. Every year since 1959, some separatists inside and outside
“Any secessionist attempt to sabotage
Whatever is taking place in
The news site phayul.com reported at the time that the conference was told “how the Olympics could provide the one chance for Tibetans to come out and protest.” A call was issued for worldwide protests, a march of exiles from
This was followed by a call this past January for an “uprising” in
At the time the call was issued, U.S. Ambassador to India David Mulford was meeting with the Dalai Lama in
Phayul.com reports that the
The 1959 uprising
Knowing more about the 1959 “uprising” might help in understanding today’s events in
In 2002 a book titled “The CIA’s Secret War in
The CIA put the Dalai Lama’s brother, Gyalo Thodup, in charge of the bloody 1959 armed attack. A contra army was trained by the CIA in
The 1959 attack was a CIA planned and organized coup attempt, much like the later Bay of Pigs invasion of socialist
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For centuries the high Tibetan plateau has constituted a key strategic position within the region—long under Chinese patronage, and then after the Chinese revolution of 1911, used by the British in India as a buffer against China and Russia. Soon after Mao's peasant armies took power in
But the Chinese Stalinists were unable to create a stable social base for their rule.
Details of the CIA's operations in
The Newsweek article explained: “Beginning in 1958, American operatives trained about 300 Tibetans at
These activities culminated in an abortive uprising in