According to Chinese media Xiwang Zhisheng, Tibet has been under lockdown for nearly 50 days. Therefore, desperate Tibetans called for help on their social media. Due to the government’s censorship, those people were arrested on the grounds of spreading rumors about China’s COVID pandemic.

On September 25, Radio Free Asia cited Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), reporting that more than 700 people in Tibet have been subjected to administrative punishments.

A Tibetan post-doctoral researcher in Taiwan, Dolma Ciren, told Radio Free Asia that the Chinese regime’s control over Tibet’s ‘zero COVID’ policy would remain until the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. 

According to Dolma Ciren, the arrest was actually made to maintain political control before the 20th National Congress next month.

Recently, Xinjiang officials detained more than 600 young Uyghurs from a village in Yining City. They were detained while conducting a peaceful street demonstration over the food shortage that had caused deaths and starvation.

Radio Free Asia reported that due to China’s COVID lockdown, at least 22 people in the northern Xinjiang city of Yining recently died from starvation or lack of medical care.

On September 28, a spokesperson for the Communist Party of China’s Ministry of Public Security, Qiu Baoli, reported about the “Hundred Days Action” during the press conference.

Up to now, the operation has solved 640,000 criminal cases. More than 1.43 million criminal suspects have been taken into custody.

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