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1. Assault on Tibetan employee at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.

1. Assault on Tibetan employee at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.

Taken in the Summer of 2006, I had no idea what was transpiring until after this sequence of images was taken.

The woman in the foreground is using an umbrella to assault an employee because she was informed that the Summer Palace was closing in 1/2 an hour and there were no more tickets available. She did not accept this and proceeded to hit this Summer Palace employee with her umbrella until it was bent and broken. She also attempted to kick him in the crotch a number of times. The employee used his hands and arms to deflect the blows but at no time hit or struck his assailant.

This occurrence was recounted to the Summer Palace headquarters where Dr. Eisenberg and I reported a full account of what happened. The woman was neither questioned nor detained and was allowed to leave with 6 other people that she had arrived with.

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Dr. Amy Eisenberg 28-Apr-2010 23:33
I witnessed the violent assault on a peaceful and gentle Tibetan worker at Norbulingka by a Han Chinese visitor. I wondered why in my short visit to Tibet that I experienced a number of disrespectful acts of aggression by Han Chinese toward Tibetans in their holy land of Tibet. Perhaps the Chinese government has programmed its Han majority into believing that they are superior and that they should have the audacity and the right to behave violently and disgracefully toward Tibetan people in their sacred land. Their rude and aggressive behaviors truly shocked me. I witnessed a number of disharmonious acts of violence toward Tibetans by Chinese in Tibet. I tried to stop the beatings and went to the police on a number of occasions. I saw a Chinese man stealing from a Tibetan woman and told the man to return the stolen goods or I would go to the police. He returned the items and left. These terrible behaviors are very wrong. I do not understand why some Chinese people feel that they have the right to behave this way. Perhaps the Chinese government is sending a message to its Han majority that they are somehow entitled and have a right to behave abusively toward Tibetan people in their once free and independent nation, Tibet.
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