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Tension Heightens in Tawu With Heavy Troops and Restrictions

August 24, 2011

16 August 2011, Dharamsala
Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi  (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)
Tel: +91 1892 223363, 229225, 225874
Following the 15 August incidents of self immolation of monk Tsewang Norbu in Tawu, Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), while the monks of the Nyitso Monastery were carrying the body of the deceased to the monastery heavy troops were deployed in and around the monastery to restrict entrance. Yet around 10,000 local Tibetans had flocked at the monastery gate. As they tried to access entrance by pushing Public Security Bereau (PSB) police and People Armed Police (PAP) at the gate, nearly 1000 could get inside. The remaining locals surrounded the monastery and performed prayers.

At that time a local called Gyaltsen was severely beaten and arrested. The public gathered there shouted for the release of Gyaltsen. Hence, he was released this morning.

Entrance and exit of the monastery is extremely tightened. All those who are inside the monastery are like not allowed to leave and neither is anyone allowed in.

This morning (16 August), Lui Dao Ping, the Party Secretary of Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP) reached Tawu. All schools, restaurants and cafes in the area were shut down today. Liu Dao Ping ordered to stop the religious rituals and rite for the deceased. He further ordered for the immediate disposal of the dead body.

There are around 270 monks at Nyitse Monastery. Locals and residents of nearby areas fear possible severe crackdown on the monastery by Chinese authorities. Many have come to the monastery to show solidarity and in order to support the monks. Thus, all roads toward Tawo have been blocked by PSB and PAP especially, Nawa Bridge is tightly patrolled and travellers are sent back to their places. One main road on the east, Tsuro Bridge which leads to Tawu is also blocked.

With PSB and PAP patrolling on all streets and at every corner restrictions are ever more escalading in Tawu County. The situation in Tawu is highly tense at the time. The biggest concern, if such curfew on the monastery is to continue for long, is the fear that those held inside the monastery might face water scarcity since drinking water are obtained from outside the monastery.

TCHRD will continue to investigate the situation in Tawo, Kandze. Moreover, the Center expresses serious concern at the plights of Tibetans in Tawu County and urges the international community to pressurize the Chinese Government into restoring normalcy.

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