China’s Grip Still Firm on Tibetan Area

The BBC writes an update from Tibetan areas in Gansu that were the scene of unrest this spring and still have a heavy police presence:

Outside town, in the small villages that line the valley roads, farmers are harvesting highland barley and potatoes. Others herd goats.

But things are not as they were before the unrest, as one farmer with a weather-beaten face and a gold tooth was willing to explain. “It hasn’t returned to normal yet. They’ve released some of the people from prison, but not all of them,” he said as he sat on a hillside near the village of Yumo.

The Chinese government blames the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s exiled spiritual leader, for orchestrating the unrest earlier this year. But the farmer dismissed such claims. “We rose up on our own because there are no human rights here,” he said.