Tibetans Stage Rare Public Protest in Lhasa - RFA

 English News 2006 11 08 Lhasa200From Radio Free Asia:

Hundreds of Tibetan graduates have staged a rare public protest in the Tibetan regional capital, Lhasa, over alleged discrimination by Chinese authorities in hiring for civil service jobs.

No violence was reported and no one was arrested in the weeklong protest in late October, numerous sources in the region told RFA’s Tibetan service.

A civil service examination on Sept. 30 conducted by the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) government in Lhasa appears to have sparked the protest, sources said on condition of anonymity.

Some 1,000 Tibetan and Chinese candidate sat for the exam, aimed at filling 100 open positions, one source said. Ultimately, jobs were offered to 98 Chinese and two Tibetan applicants, the source said. [Full Text]

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