“The questionnaire featured trick questions such as ‘which leader would better be able to achieve equality among the people?’”
The training that the authorities had been trying to implement included a 10-point questionnaire as well as “patriotic education” sessions. During these sessions, the students had already been angered by derogatory and baseless accusations made against the Dalai Lama.However, the questionnaires are what really infuriated the students. They were faced with questions such as, “How would you explain the immolations?” and “what are the consequences of protests and illegal gatherings?” Or even: “Does bilingual education signal the disappearance of minority languages?” [Although there is an official policy of bilingualism in the Tibetan zones, the Chinese authorities have for a long time been pushing for the use of Mandarin and many Tibetans claim that their language is being marginalized.]. The trick questions included, “Which leader would better be able to achieve equality among the people?”Tibetan protesters marching in the streets of Chabcha. Video courtesy of Voice of America – Tibet.The students started chanting slogans defending “equality among the people,” “freedom of language” and “respect for the truth.” After two hours, the local anti-riot police intervened. They beat people indiscriminately.Some of my local contacts told me that the police had fired shots in an attempt to scatter the crowd, but I have been unable to verify this information because all communications with Chabcha have been blocked. What we do know is that the anti-riot police and the military were deployed around the school, and that the injured students’ parents were not able to see or contact their children in the hospital.