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When An Elderly Man Falls In China

On 26th Nov. 2013, an elderly man fell while crossing the street in Jinghua, China.

A few passersby stopped their bikes and formed a circle to prevent other riders hitting the man. The man tried to stand up by himself, but failed. People stood around looking at each other, but no one dared to help the old man stand up. They called police and ambulance, and after examination. it was found that the elderly man had no serious injuries.

Some Chinese are loath to give assistance because of incidents like the one below:

Earlier this month, two high school students helped an elderly man up from his fallen bicycle, but the man accused the two students of knocking him down and demanded they pay for his medical expenses. The parents of the students paid 1200 yuan ($200). These two students then posted an online request for witnesses. A shop owner and some customers who saw the fall went to the police to give evidence. The old man had to return the money to the two students.

Chinese Order Tibetans to Worship Xi Jinping and Party Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Religious repression in Tibet has further intensified with new regulations.

The Chinese government has ordered citizens of Tibet to worship in front of pictures of Xi Jinping and the Communist Party leadership in shrines inside their homes, instead of religious figures like the Dalai Lama, according to information provided by Free Tibet’s research partner Tibet Watch.

Tibetans who are dependent on government subsidies or are on the poverty alleviation programme have been told their aid would stop if they fail to replace the images of holy Lamas that traditionally hang in their homes.

The order comes following a 9 to 13 January meeting of the People's Congress of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), the body through which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rules western and southern Tibet.

Photographs, which some have called propoganda, of Tibetan families smiling in their homes in front of shrines to communist party leaders have been put on official state media websites as part of the policy drive.

Cultural genocide

The session of the People's Congress saw Che Dalha, Party Chairman of the TAR, announce that Tibet had successfully reduced activities by “hostile forces” in the country. The statement is thought to be a reference to the Dalai Lama and the Buddhist exile community.

The Chinese authorities perceive any expression of Tibetan faith and traditional identity as resistance against their rule and the dominance of the Han.

Pressure from the Chinese government on Tibetans to replace religious images with Party leaders has intensified over the past year.

There has been a notable increase in  pressure on Tibetans living in the countryside; in October and November 2018, during a flood in Tibet’s rural Drichu County, Tibetan residents were reportedly told by authorities to save portraits of Chinese leaders and the Chinese flag over their own possessions.

Monks and nuns are required to profess faith to the CCP and are being closely monitored by a committee formed of Chinese officials, reports have claimed.

In the Tibetan township of Domar, last year,  the CCP ordered pictures of the Dalai Lama to be replaced with Chinese officials in all but two of the main monasteries.

The local Communist Party’s ‘WeChat’ page announced details of the order, claiming it would “promote stability and protect the community’s welfare.”



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