Dai Qingli: Rioting in Tibet

I am writing with regard to a letter (Remember Tibet, 7 February), which gave a groundless and distorted account of the recent incidents in some Tibetan areas of China, and even agitated for anti-China protest in London. It is necessary to set the record straight. During the Chinese New Year season which started on 23 January, in one of those incidents, a handful of rioters gathered illegally at some parts of Sichuan Province. They smashed and looted stores and ATMs, and damaged two police cars, two fire trucks and several other cars. Some of them even attacked police with knives and guns, injuring nearly 20 officers. The police exercised utmost restraint, but eventually had to fight back in self-defence, shooting and killing two mobsters. Thanks to the support of the local people, these incidents were addressed properly and public order was restored. The local people firmly opposed and condemned these violent acts and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

The above information was released in a timely way by the Chinese foreign ministry and Xinhua News Agency. China is a country ruled by law. All lawbreakers must be held accountable for their actions. The Chinese government is duty-bound to combat crimes and safeguard public order. We have seen the British government doing the same when rioting occurred in some parts of England last August, as is the common practice of all countries acting to protect social stability.

Dai Qingli
Spokesperson, Chinese embassy in the UK
Tel: 020 72994078
Fax: 020-76362981

Originally posted on Guardian

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