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The Massacre of Tibetans

Radio Free Asia

Sunday 11 November 2012, by TW

Tibetan writer Woeser takes issue with the Chinese author of a recent book on Tibetan history, saying her views gloss over the horrors of the Chinese occupation.

I haven’t yet had the chance to read the book by Tibet historian Li Jianglin, titled When The Iron Bird Flies: A Secret War. I have only seen some of the reports and the author’s preface online. The key sentences in the author’s preface are:

"The mid-1950s to the early 1960s saw a tragic war in southwestern and northwestern China, covering a geographical area of Tibetan homelands across three Tibetan districts, ’autonomous districts,’ and the ’Tibetan areas in the four neighboring provinces.’

In it, the modern weapons of the field army of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) field and local armed forces as well as the armed militia with military training, were pitted against Tibetan farmers, herdsmen, monks, a small number of government officials, and some of the Tibetan army, who were armed only with homemade guns, rifles, swords and knives."

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