Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 21 May 2008

17-19 May: Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze “TAP”, Kham (incorporated into Chinese Province of Sichuan) – A series of peaceful protests carried out at County government office.

On 19 May, Dorjee Gyaltsen and Tashi Wangyal, both lay, from Tharmey Village, Karze County, undertook a peaceful protest at County government office. They were arrested thereafter by People’s Armed Police (PAP) personnel.

Similar peaceful protests were already carried out in the last two days. On 18 May at around 10 am, Jampa Dorjee, Palden Thinlay, Kunga Thinlay, Tsehog, and Jamyang Tsering, all monks from Karze monastery, shouted slogans at County government office. They were arrested thereafter by PAP personnel.

On 17 May, Thupten, Loong Loong Sonam, Yeshi Jigmey, Choephel, Choe-nga, Pema Yangchen, and another woman were immediately arrested by PAP personnel when they carried out a peaceful protest at County government office.

During the above protests, they strongly demanded that “His Holiness the Dalai Lama must be welcomed back to his own country”, “freedom for Tibet”, “immediately release all the arrestees”, etc. They also shouted slogans wishing long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

All the above protesters were severely beaten by PAP personnel.

The situation in Karze is extremely tense these days. Authorities imposed heavy restrictions on local people in the aftermath of a series of protests at County office.

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Tawu (Ch: Daofu) County, Karze “TAP”, Kham (incorporated into Chinese Province of Sichuan) – People undertake a distinct peaceful means to protest against Chinese government

Since around two weeks, Tibetan drivers under Tawu County, stopped running their taxis and other goods carrier vehicles as a mark to show their solidarity with those Tibetans who suffered the Chinese repression and to protest against Chinese government.

The concerned local Chinese authorities, in turn, offered to provide concession on road tax for those who would resume running their taxis and goods carrier vehicles. However, the drivers continue to stop running taxis and other vehicles.