Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 10 July 2008

23 June 2008: Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze “TAP” (incorporated into a Chinese province of Sichuan) – A youth horribly beaten with metal baton and arrested for shouting slogans

Ngodup Dorjee, a 25-year youth from Phuk-Yi-Nang-Tsek-Lek village in Lhopa township, Karze county, staged a peaceful protest in the market of the county at 10:30 a.m. on 23 June.

During the protest, he shouted slogans such as “His Holiness the Dalai Lama should be invited to Tibet. We want religious freedom. Tibet belongs to Tibetan.” He was horribly beaten with metal batons by the People’s Armed Police (PAP) and then taken away.

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Lhasa – One more dies from injury sustained from gunshot

Anu, a man of over 38 years old and a resident of Paljor Rabten Khang in Lhasa, was shot during March protests. Although he has undergone every possible medical treatment at his home, he finally succumbed to his injury at the end of June. (With this, death toll stands at 214)

His parents’ names are Tashi Rabgye (father) and Tsetan (mother). They have passed away much earlier.

Phenpo Lhundrup (Ch: Lingzhi) County, Lhasa Municipality – One more dies from injury sustained from beating

Namlang (around 42), a man from Dzong Shol village in Phenpo Lhundrup county, was horribly beaten during the March protests in the same county. Although he was hospitalised in the county hospital, his health has shown no improvement. He finally died in May. (With this, death toll stands at 215)

He is survived by his wife, two children of 8 and 15 years old, and a grandmother of 82-year.

It is also reported that a person from the lower division of Lopa village in Phenpo county and two people from nearby the Phenpo county, who all have suffered severe beatings, are in a very critical condition.

Rebgong (Ch: Tongren) County, Malho “TAP”, Amdo (incorporated into a Chinese province of Qinghai) – People cancelled Summer Festival in solidarity

The annual Summer Festival of the Rebgong county in June, which is usually enthusiastically awaited by its people, was cancelled this year reportedly to show their solidarity with, and gratitude to, those Tibetans who have suffered the brutal crackdown of the Chinese government during their recent unprecedented and historic uprising in all the three traditional provinces of Tibet.

They have cancelled the Summer Festival to equally show their deep sympathy for the victims of the devastating Sichuan earthquake this May.

The Rebgong county is being tightly guarded by the concerned Chinese authorities.