Video: SWAT Team Raids Tibetan Village in 2008

A rare video has appeared on a Tibetan website, which appears to be an internal video of a SWAT team raid of a small, mountainous Tibetan village. It is not clear where the video was shot or when, though the posting says it is from 2008. The video shows about 100 armed officers gathering above the village and then entering it, going from house to house, and aggressively detaining several people, including mostly young men and at least one elderly woman. At the end of the video, which lasts about 22 minutes, a convoy of SWAT vehicles leaves the village. In 2008, Tibet and Tibetan areas of China saw an escalation in unrest following riots in Lhasa in March and then widespread protests and a subsequent crackdown by security forces. Read more via CDT. The video was posted on the website of the Central Tibetan Authority, the government-in-exile based in Dharamsala, India, and can be viewed in its entirety here.

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