Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 12 April 2008

8 April 2008: Tibetans being forced to return home from Lhasa

Around 40 Tibetans who were in Lhasa for reasons such as pilgrimage and business have been turned back by the concerned office (under Chinese Government) to their hometowns in Gonjo (Ch: Gongjue) County, Chamdo Prefecture, “Tibet Autonomous Region.”

They were told that they were being returned because they were not permanent residents of Lhasa. However, Han Chinese, even the ones who are non-residents of Lhasa are not being turned back.

Hospitals face shortage of beds

There is a severe shortage of beds in at least two public hospitals in Lhasa. On April 8, many patients in critical condition were turned away from the hospitals since beds could not be provided for them. Local Tibetans have pointed out that the reason for the shortage of beds in these hospitals has occurred due to the staggering number of Tibetans who have been injured through beating and wounded by gun shots especially since the protests since March 14.

3 April 2008

Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Sichuan province- Two more names from death toll released

In Tong-khor Township, numerous Tibetans were killed during the protest on April 3. Two more names* can be confirmed.

They are:

S. No. NAME AGE GENDER PLACE OF RESIDENCE/BIRTH DETAILS
58 Khechok Pawo(monk) 20 M Tong-khor monastery, Tongkor Township, Karze County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture," Sichuan Province Shot and killed on April 3, during the demonstration
59 Lhengho (monk) 35 M Tong-khor monastery, Tongkor Township, Karze County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture," Sichuan Province Shot and killed on April 3, during the demonstration


* In addition to the already released 57 total names and details of Tibetans killed during the recent demonstrations, here we are releasing 2 more names (with details) from current death toll list which stands well over 140.

Gonjo (Ch: Gongjue) County, Chamdo Prefecture, “Tibet Autonomous Region”- More monks arrested

The monks of Thang-kya monastery held a protest demanding for the release of three fellow monks who was arbitrarily arrested on April 1.

The monks also shouted for freedom of speech and religion and also demanded for an independent Tibet.

After the protest, a group of monks were arrested and remain detained. The monks after being arrested were taken to the County market in a police truck and their arrests were used to intimidate other Tibetans in the market. The police told the Tibetans in the market that if they participate in any protests,then they would also be punished like the arrested monks.

Currently, the armed forces have completely surrounded the premises of Thang-kya monastery and have imposed tight restrictions.

April beginning (no specific date)

Dartsedo (Ch: Kangding) County, Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Sichuan province- Student arrested after protest

Sangpo, a monk-student from Nangten School of Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” waved the Tibetan flag while shouting slogans in Dartsedo County. Sangpo is a resident of Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County.

He was arrested by the police and no further information is available on his whereabouts or his well-being.

Dartsedo (Ch: Kangding) County, Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Sichuan province-Peaceful protest by one person leads to arrest

In Mi-nyak Lhagung Acha Rusar village, Dartsedo County, a convoy of military vehicles arrived. Lhakpa took the opportunity to wave the Tibetan flag and shouted slogans such as “His Holiness the Dalai Lama should be welcomed back to Tibet” and “Tibet is an independent country.”

A few other Tibetans also joined in to support Lhakpa.

Lhakpa was arrested for protesting and his whereabouts are unknown.

No Specific Date

Since the start of the demonstrations in Lhasa, there are reports of Chinese people entering Tibetan residential complexes in groups and beating Tibetans. Also, information on protestors is being passed on to Chinese police by local Chinese people.

The exact location and date of such incidents is not yet confirmed.