Protest Continues in Ngaba Region of Tibet, Eight Detained

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Dharamshala: - Over hundred Tibetans in Amdho Ngaba region of Tibet shout slogans during a protest against the Chinese rule on 23rd of March. They shouted slogans demanding free Tibet, and return of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Sources said the demonstration was crackdown by the armed Chinese military forces and police after the protesters have circled three times around the market and street.

Lobsang Yeshe and Kanyag Tsering who live in Dharamshala, India Tuesday told The Tibet Post International that the Chinese arrested at-least eight of the protesters in the county of Zamthang, Ngaba Region, Eastern Tibet: a schoolteacher named Phalkho; 40 years old, Dorjee; 35 years old, Ador, 35 years old, Woesal Dorjee, 28 years old, and as well as 4 other unnamed Tibetans were also arrested.

Afterward, hundreds of Chinese armed forces were deployed in the village, looking carefully for further disruptions or turbulence. The police stayed until the 28th of March, questioning people with regards to who instigated the protest.

At 12:00 midnight, another Buddhist monk of Kirti Monastery called Tenzin was arrested by the police. Tenzin is 21 years old, S/O Dronkar and Sonam (Father). The police did not give a reason for his arrest and he was still in police custody on the 27th. After the protest at the monastery, the police have been present with a police dog every night since.

On the 24th, many police arrived in a village called Tawa (upper), Ngaba county, and had a meeting with the local villagers. They said all the village people must look in the Kirti Monastery, and tell the police what is happening regarding further protests. The police said that if the villagers did not go to the monastery to observe the monks and help the police, each will be fined 30 yuan a day.

The police also warned the villagers not to involve any kinds of protest that against the government as the monks from Kirti Monastery did.: 'Members of the public and monks are very different' argued the police. They added:

The Chinese officials told the villager that 'the government have helped them many times, and in the future it also has plans to help villagers'. "Nobody should be burning themselves and there are no issues. The monks have very good conditions, but simply don't want to enjoy these, and burn their bodies for no good reason", the officials added.

The monks from Kirti monastery have formed a group for self-immolation protest, they have promised that they will set fire themselves to against Chinese rule over Tibet. But, the police intend to break this group of monks, with the help of the villagers.

However, the villagers went to the monastery to look for the monks in the morning. Instead of observing the monks, they offered prayers and circled the monastery morning and evening. The Chinese police gave 30 Yuan to each of the villagers after the event, the police also took photos of participants and covered with video recordings.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 March 2011 16:12 )  


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