Tibet Update 5

MOUNT EVEREST DRAMA IN CHINA

It could only happen under totalitarianism: the world’s most iconic mountain is under the heavy hands today of Chinese police.

The Associated Press reports that Chinese officials say they are targeting crime at base of the mountain, which lies on the border between China and Nepal. It is part of the mythic Himalayan Mountains, which encircle several nations including India and Tibet. Still, the move smacks of something more sinister: Since when do we have armed police surrounding Yellowstone?

BEIJING – China’s border police have significantly beefed up their presence at the base of Mount Everest amid rising visitor numbers and increasing cases of theft, prostitution and gambling, state media reported Tuesday.

The influx of people to the area has brought increased crime to the north face of Everest, and Chinese authorities last year pledged to boost the police presence following reports of thefts of food, oxygen tanks and climbing gear.

Visitors to Everest also complain about unethical guides, tricksters selling defective oxygen bottles, prostitution and gambling on the Tibetan side.

A former police post housed in a trailer has been upgraded to a full police station, complete with a modern 19,375-square-foot (1,800-square-meter) facility situated at 17,060 feet (5,200 meters), according to the report on the Tibet Daily’s Web site.

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Meanwhile, Tibetans in India are asked to show extraordinary patience as they recommit to the “Middle Way” as encouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


READ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY HERE

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