The plot of a tiny handful of people to sabotage the stability and harmony of Tibet will not gain th Tibetan people's support and is doomed to failure, said a veteran Tibetan official on Wednesday.
Ragdi, former vice-chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, made the remark at a meeting of the Counseling Committee on Development of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The life in Lhasa has returned to normal. Traffic on the main streets has resumed. Government institutions, businesses, schools, and major farm produce markets have started normal operation, said the city mayor Doje Cezhug.
The local government is also distributing relief goods to citizens and small businesses that incurred heavy losses in the riot.
A violent riot erupted in Tibet's capital Lhasa on the afternoon of last Friday. Lawless people set fires at more than 300 locations and attacked schools, banks, hospitals, shops, government offices, utilities and state media offices.
"The Communist Party of China committee and government of Tibet have taken effective measures and the situation in Lhasa has been basically put under control," Ragdi said.
There is plenty of evidence to prove that the incident was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique, said Ragdi, also former top legislator of the autonomous region.
The separatist activities of the Dalai clique have never stopped and "we should be fully aware of the long-term, tough and complicated struggle against it," he said.
"With the support from across the nation, the Tibet regional government is capable of maintaining the social stability and legal order to protect the fundamental interests of people of all ethnic groups in Tibet."
Tibet regional government said 105 people had surrendered to police by 11 p.m. on Tuesday for involvement in the Lhasa riot.
(Xinhua News Agency, March 19, 2008)