Afternoon Update: Tibet Demonstrations

Afternoon update for Tuesday, 25th March 2008, last updated 2pm (IST)

March 24 and 25, 2008

Drakgo (Ch: Luhuo) County, Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” Sichuan province. At least one person killed and 9 arrested during protest by hundreds.

On March 24, in Chokri village, around 200 nuns from Ngang-khong nunnery held a protest march to the Government headquarters at Tehor Township (around 4-5 kms walk), arriving around 4pm in the afternoon. At the headquarters the nuns shouted “Free Tibet” slogans and “Long live H.H the Dalai Lama” etc.. The nuns were also joined by Tibetans from Tehor Township, over 200 monks from nearby Chokri Monastery and around 150 nuns from Khasum Nunnery (Khasum Township). This massive protest lasted till around 5pm.

During the protest a monk (age 21) from Chokri Monastery was shot and killed on the spot by the military. When the military tried to take the dead body away, protestors were able to collectively keep the body in their possession and later hid the body in a safe spot. Another protestor, Tsewang Dhondup was also shot (on his kidney) and remains in extremely critical condition with little hope for survival.

On March 25, military helicopters flew around the area for survellience. Also, an evening curfew has been imposed.

Nine protestors (from the many that took part on the March 24 protest) were arrested today on March 25. Few names of the arrestees can be confirmed. They are:

    1) Lobsang Wangchen (Abbot from Chokri Monastery, Drakgo County).
    2) Tsewang Gyatso (from Chukhar village)
    3) Kalsang Dawa
    4) Tharchen
    5) Palden Sherab
    6) Kunyang (from Thaga family, Jhang-drong village).

The situation remains very tense in Drakgo village.

March 22, 2008

Tsegor Thang (Ch: Xinghai) County, Tsolho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Qinghai province A-tsok monastery under tight restrictions.

At around 9pm, monks from A-tsok monastery held a peaceful demonstration during which they shouted free-Tibet slogans and also raised the Tibetan flag on the monastery rooftop and on the hill top behind the monastery.

In a school near A-tsok monastery, the monks from A-tsok monastery brought down the Chinese flag and raised the Tibetan flag in its place.

Chinese military arrived at the scene and surrounded the Monastery premises. They also pressured the retired staff and lamas of the monastery to bring the protest to an end. The monks were also strictly warned by the military not to share the details of today’s incident with outsiders. The monks were also given some “patriotic re-education.” A-tsok monastery continues to be under tight restrictions.

March 20, 2008

Dzamthang (Ch: Rangtang) County, Ngapa (Ch: Aba) “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Sichuan province. Protest held:

Monks and lay people of Dotoe Township (Dzamthang County) held a protest. However, it was suppressed very quickly by the Chinese military.

The people of Dotoe Township have been summoned for a meeting called by the deputy head of Dzamthang County and Dotoe Township officials.

Pema (Ch: Banma) County, Golog “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Qinghai province Protest held:

After the arrival and the subsequent tight restrictions by Chinese military forces in Pema County, a protest was held during which the people demanded concrete results in the Sino-Tibetan dialogue.

The same evening in Panchen, Pangrue and Markhog villages, Tibetans held peaceful demonstrations.

March 23, 2008

Chone (Ch: Zhuoni) County, Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” Gansu Province. Protest held:

Monks from Tashi Choeling monastery held a peaceful demonstration against the Chinese rule. The military warned the monks that they must surrender by March 24. Many monks have been arrested from Tashi Choeling monastery.

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Rebgong (Ch: Tongren) County and Tsekhog (Ch: Zeku) County, Malho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Qinghai province Monasteries facing crisis as China blocks food and water supplies

In various counties (including Rebgong and Tsekhog), monasteries are facing a crisis as water and food supplies have been blocked by the Chinese authorities. The monasteries have appealed to the international community to assist with the current crisis.

A similar crisis is also being faced in various areas of Ngapa Prefecture, “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” and they too have appealed to the international community for immediate help.

Darlag (Ch: Dari), Golog “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Qinghai province Tibetans have vowed to continue their demonstrations and not to surrender to the Chinese forces

Drachen (Ch: Baqing), Sog-dzong (Ch: Sou) and Driru (Ch: Biru) counties, Nagchu Prefecture, “Tibetan Autonomous Region” A huge deployment of Chinese military has been made in the above three counties and will be stationed there until the end of the summer Olympics.