The “zero-COVID” campaign carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Tibet has been disastrous in many cities affecting tens of millions of citizens.

The brutal and inefficient quarantine measures imposed in the region have provoked the indignation of the people, which resulted in several demonstrations that were quickly suppressed by the CCP. 

According to media reports, one of the mechanisms recently used by the regime to persuade those protesting is to subject them to what was called “internet re-education” or “cyber security re-education.”

What does this consist of? Basically from now anyone in Tibet who dares to post on their social networks comments against the lockdowns or the measures implemented by the regime to combat the Wuhan virus, will be forced to attend a 15-day detention program.

The detainees are taken to wards also used for other forms of re-education. These are not schools as such, but prisons where uncooperative inmates are often beaten or tortured.

According to the report, the 15-day internet re-education period is tailored to the detainee’s “willingness” and repentance, that is it can be extended if the authorities so require.

In Chengguan district alone, at least 22 internet users were detained last week under this new regulation and are still being held. 

Those detained are accused of “defamation,” basically for committing the “crime” of denouncing on their social networks some of the ridiculous policies enforced by the regime to supposedly combat the virus. 

The CCP is taking advantage of the pandemic to keep Tibetans locked up

The recent cyber-control measure imposed by the regime is no accident. Citizens of the region are fed up with the Orwellian measures they have to endure. 

Everyone in Lhasa must regularly submit to a COVID test and receive the results on their cell phones. In case of a positive result, an alarm is instantly triggered in the health system and a red code appears on their cell phones.

Both the affected person and any family members, neighbors, or people who have been in the vicinity of the infected person, according to the information provided by the cell phone itself, are taken by bus to one of the 20 quarantine camps set up around the city.

As expected, many of those who were not infected, upon arriving at this place full of infected people, end up COVID positive.

People have started to publish on social networks the terrible conditions at these quarantine camps, with very bad hygiene conditions and scarce and even rotting food. 

Several videos circulated on social networks denounce the mistreatment and abuse of the Chinese regime on Tibetans.

The videos posted show many people waiting in lines in the middle of the night to be transported in buses to the quarantine camps, that have been just thrown together. 

Citizens overwhelmed by the situation used Weibo, Douyin, and other social media platforms to report on the unsanitary conditions in these camps.

A Tibetan woman reported that she was forced to take her family to live in quarantine with 800 other people in a camp. The woman claimed that her children developed fevers and that there were no doctors, medicine, or medical treatment.

This aroused the CCP’s ire, and the authorities in the region made it clear that spreading information on the internet that is not endorsed by the CCP is a crime. Thus, the CCP found another tool to intimidate the Tibetans.

It is well known that the Tibetans have long suffered violence and persecution at the hands of the CCP. So it is inevitable that one would think that the “zero-COVID” campaign is actually just another pretext to continue committing human rights abuses against the Tibetans.

Tibet, a region repressed by the CCP

Tibet, is often described as a magical region that exhales peace, full of spirituality and a strong mysticism enhanced by the imposing natural environment of the Himalayas. 

There, time seems to have stood still along with its culture, which struggles to keep alive its indigenous language, customs, and religion as handed down by their Tibetan ancestors. 

The CCP took full control of the vast Himalayan region in 1951, after Mao Zedong’s troops invaded Tibet’s weak and peaceful defenses. Over the next few years the Chinese regime steadily tightened its grip on the region.

After eight months of the hellish occupation and under obvious pressure from the communist regime, the Dalai Lama, the 15-year-old Tibetan leader, signed the controversial “17-point agreement,” formalizing the annexation of Tibetan territory to the CCP.

Then followed the Cultural Revolution of the Chinese communist regime, and Tibet suffered irreversible damage to its cultural and religious heritage. Buddhist temples and monasteries were destroyed, while their monks and followers were killed. From that moment on, nothing was ever the same.

In the seven decades since the signing of the agreement, the CCP has unilaterally instituted increasingly harsh policies aimed at undermining Tibetan culture and religion, systematically denying freedom of expression to Tibetans.

Despite the terrible persecution that persists to this day with constant harassment by the CCP in Tibet, religious faith remains strong and its citizens lead a life of surrender to the divine, following their spiritual beliefs.

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