Tibet Update: March 19 & 20 (UPDATED)
These updates of recent events in Tibet and Tibetan areas of China have been posted on Woeser’s blog. They have been provided by sources inside China and have not been independently verified. For previous updates see here.
Over 500 Tibetans in Seta County in Kham (Kardze [ch. Ganzi] Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) protested in front of the county government. 60 people were arrested.
40 Tibetans from Tsarima Township (Ch. Charima) in Mewa County (Ch. Hongyuan), Amdo (Ngawa Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) protested. They lowered the Chinese flags hung at the township government and the school, and hang Khangta (the ceremonial scarf) in place of the flag of Snow Lion and Mountain.
The county seat and the various townships of Machu County in Amdo (Kanlho [Tib.Gannan] Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province) are surrounded by over 60 military trucks. The authorities started making arrests, and over 30 Tibetans were arrested.
Up to 1,000 Tibetans in Seta County in Kham (Kardze [ch. Ganzi] Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) protested in front of the county government. 60 people were arrested.
After Tibetan students in Qinghai Institute for Nationalities voluntarily signed their names, they protested and staged a sit-in on campus.
March 20, 2008
Zeku County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Amdo, Qinghai Province, led by more than one hundred monks, more then ten thousand Tibetans held a peaceful demonstration in the county town. They held high the photos of the Dalai Lama, the Eleventh Panchen Lama and the Seventeenth Karmapa Rinpoche. The local public security agents and the armed police were secretly keeping watch on the scene, and have not taken any further measures.
March 20, 2008, Taktser village [Ch. Hongyan] in Amdo (Tsongkakar County in Qinghai province; Tsong kha mkhar, Ch. Ping-an), the birth place of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has already been blocked by road blocks established by the local police. No Tibetan or journalists are allowed to visit there.
March 20, 2008
Up to 500 monks and lay people in Tsekho (Rtse khog; Ch. Zeku) County, Amdo (Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province) are protesting now, shouting the slogan “Hold dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Allow Tibet to enjoy high degree of autonomy.” At present we do not know what actions the authorities are going to take.
A great number of students in Yushul County in Kham (Yushul [Ch. Yushu] Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province) held a protest, but at present we do not know what actions the authorities are going to take.
In addition, some netizens appeal to everybody: extremely urgent, please save Serta in Tibet! According to the latest news, in order to protect the Tibetan national flag, people in Kego Township of Serta County in Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan province, were brutally suppressed by over 5,000 military police between 4:00pm and 5:00pm on March 20! Up to now, the number of the killed and wounded are over 20. The incident was caused by the fact that the military police made the following announcement to the Tibetan people: the Central government directly issued an order to execute anybody who demonstrates. Then when they were about to take off the Tibetan national flag, they were stopped by the Tibetans peacefully, but the military police immediately fired at Tibetans. Please save Tibet! 11:00am tomorrow people in Nido Township of Serta County will face much more serious massacere, please save Nido Township of Serta County! Please spread the message to governments of other countries and human right organizations! Please generate your compassionate heart, and save the Tibetan people.