Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 21 July 2008

10 July 2008: Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County, Ngaba “TAP”, Amdo (incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) – Three given arbitrary sentences

On around 10 July, three people, who allegedly participated in a protest held in Ngaba county on 16 March, were given arbitrary sentences by the People’s Intermediate Court of Ngaba “Tibetan Autonomous Region”.

Kelbar (23) from Lota township in the lower division of Ngaba county was sentenced to life prison. Terzoe (25) from Drongtoe Tsang family in Ngaba county was sentenced to 15 years and Tsegor (27) from Gongma Tsang family to 13 years of imprisonment.

18 June 2008

Nyagchu (Ch: Yajiang) County, Karze “TAP”, Kham (incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) – A monk commits suicide due to “patriotic re-education”

Trangma, a monk from Minyak Drapa Yangdhen monastery in Nyagchu county, committed suicide on 18 June for not being able to undergo the “patriotic re-education” which mainly includes denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His aged mother Ache and other monks were warned and intimidated against disclosing information about this incident to the outside world. The work-teams have temporarily withdrawn from the monastery following his suicide.

A school within the above-mentioned monastery with around 30 monk-students were closed down by the Chinese authorities as a part of their “patriotic re-education”.

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Bathang (Ch: Batang) County, Karze “TAP”, Kham (incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) -Numerous men from Lingkha-Sho and Gangri villages flee to mountains

A few days back in July, Jampa Gyaltsen, a leader of Gheymo village with an influential personality, successfully mediated to resolve the long-standing land dispute between the Lingkha-Sho and Gangri areas.

However, the Public Security Bureau (PSB) and officials from Bathang county arrived at the village, and decided to give the disputed land to Lingkha-Sho village saying that none other than the Chinese government has the authority to resolve the land disputes.

The people of Gangri village were outraged by their decision. They opposed the authorities saying that their decision was an unfair and they were intentionally creating rift among the Tibetans. Therefore, the people can’t listen to the Chinese authorities, and they should leave the village.

However, the people were instead intimidated at a gun point by the PSB which has further infuriated them. As a result, the people started shouting slogans such as “Tibet belongs to Tibetans. Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tibet is an independent county.” This has led the PSB and the officials to run away from the scene.

Later, two truck full of Chinese forces and work-teams led by the county head arrived at the Gangri village to suppress its people. However, all the men from the village have already fled to the mountains. The Chinese forces continue to guard the village and have already ordered those to surrender. Till now, no one has surrendered. There are over 100 families in Gangri village.