How RFA played a role in the Lhasa riots

Updated: 2008-05-26 17:30

The March 14 Lhasa riots was an important part of the so-called "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement" directed by the Dalai Clique, a group of Tibetan separatists. The purpose of the movement is to disrupt public order and exert pressure on the Chinese government on the occasion of the Olympic Games to realize its ultimate aim of splitting China.

Washington-based Radio Free Asia has become a mouthpiece for the Dalai clique. RFA is a propaganda tool for the "movement" -- spreading its specific plans, stirring up Tibetans, by broadcasting in Tibetan and through the Internet.

RFA broadcasted 16 stories that called on Tibetans to boycott the Olympics, asking exiled Tibetans to march back to their homeland, or prepare for the "uprising".

These broadcasts show that RFA has spared no efforts in planning and promoting the "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement".

The RFA was originally founded by the CIA through "Free Asia Council" in 1950, and then was managed by the International Broadcasting Bureau of America in 1971. In 1996, it was restructured and started to broadcast in the Tibetan language. Funded by the US Congress annually, RFA is under the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Once a product of the "Cold War", RFA still engages in various activities against China under the influence of the "Cold War" ideology, in order to separate China.

The following are broadcasts RFA aired in 2008:

1. January 5: Tibetan separatists' groups like the Tibetan Youth Congress organized the "Peaceful March to Tibet", calling on Tibetans in exile to boycott the torch relay of Beijing Olympics.

2. January 8: The leader of the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet talked about the whole process of the "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement".

3. January 9: A representative from the Tibetan Youth Congress stressed the importance of Tibetan separatists' groups during the Beijing Olympics.

4. January 23: The Dalai Lama called on Tibetans in exile to participate in a peaceful protest movement during the Beijing Olympics.

5. January 25: Discussing plans for "Tibetans walking back to Tibet".

6. February 12: The Secretary-General of "Friends of Tibet" talked about the "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement" and "Peaceful March to Tibet".

7. February 13: Tibetans in India plan to stage a "Peaceful March to Tibet".

8. February 21: "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement" directed by the Tibetan government in exile has lot of help from several Asian human rights' organizations and "Tibet-aid" groups.

9. February 22: European "Tibet-aid" groups will assist organization like the Tibetan Youth Congress in its "Peaceful March to Tibet".

10. February 25: The "Peaceful March to Tibet" gains much attention from the media.

11. March 5: Talks about the history of the "Tibetan uprising" which erupted on March 10, 1959.

12. March 6: Five representatives from five Tibetan separatists' organizations were invited to talk about preparations for the "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement".

13. March 7: The president of the India Division of the "Free Tibet Student Movement" talked about preparations for "Peaceful March to Tibet".

14. March 8: Explains preparations for the "Peaceful March to Tibet" are complete.

15. Mach 10: More details about the "Peaceful March to Tibet".

16. March 12: Tibetans in India prepare to march back to Tibet in protest against the Beijing Olympics.

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