The anniversary of rioting in Tibet has passed with no reports of violence, but with a warning to the West from Beijing not to meddle in its affairs.
Stepped up security across the region seems to have prevented a repeat of last year’s protests. Chinese state television made little mention of the bloody events, instead showing reports about improved living conditions in the country. But they couldn’t hide the scars left on the buildings in the capital, Lhasa. Anti-Chinese group, Free Tibet, reported a communications black-out in the region, saying its contacts could not call in. Armed soldiers at road blocks are preventing foreign journalists and tourists from entering the country. The rioting broke out last year, after days of peaceful protests by monks against Chinese rule. More than 200 people were reportedly killed in Beijing’s crackdown. Overseas activists have said they will mark the anniversary. But the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese government mouthpiece, has published an article in English, warning the West “to think twice before putting its fingers into something of which it’s ignorant”.