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Chinese security forces fire on Tibetan protesters in second day of killing.

January 26, 2012


Tibetans warmly welcome the release of two monks of Tsitsang monastery in Kardze county in March, 2011.

Chinese authorities shot dead five Tibetans and seriously wounded 40 others on Tuesday in the second day of bloodshed as protests escalated in the troubled Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) prefecture in Sichuan province, local sources said.

A crackdown has been launched in Serthar (in Chinese, Seda) county where the incident occurred as protesters were surrounded by security forces and all public movements limited, the sources said.

"Tibetans are confined to their house as the Chinese police fire on anyone who venture to go outside in the streets," a local source told RFA.

Another source said, "all the crossings in the town are blocked by police. 

"The hotels, shops and other business in the town were ordered shut and the situation is extremely tense," the second source said.

Sources said the seriously injured have not been given treatment as people dare not take them to the hospital.

Second shooting

The shooting came a day after at least six Tibetans were believd killed and an unknown number injured when security forces fired on protesters in Draggo (in Chinese, Luhuo) county also in the Kardze prefecture, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said.

The killings have raised tensions in Tibetan-populated regions of China following a wave of self-immolation protests beginning in March 2011 against rule by Beijing.

The incident in Serthar on Tuesday sparked off from protests that began on Monday with posters calling for more self immolations and cautioning Tibetans not to allow the bodies of those who set themselves ablaze from being taken away by Chinese security forces, the sources said.

Tibetans in the Kardze area, the Tibetan area of Kham, are renowned for their strong sense of Tibetan identity and nationalism, the International Campaign for Tibet said.

"[They] have risked their lives on numerous occasions through demonstrations, prayer vigils, and solitary protests, in order to convey their loyalty to [Tibet's spritual leader] the Dalai Lama and their anguish at the repression since March, 2008," it said.

More protests

Protests were also reported in neighboring Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba prefecture) as several hundred monks and lay Tibetans sat along a road crossing to speak up against the Chinese rule. 

"The laypersons took off their upper clothes and remained half naked reciting mantra and eating [roasted barley] in protest," one source said. 

"They marched to the main town in Meruma and when the Chinese police tried to block them, they refused to stop and marched ahead," the source said. 

"Then the recitation [of mantra] turned into slogans, calling for the long life of Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet." 

Tibetans who tried to attend a 15-day special prayer at the Kirti monastery in Ngaba were also stopped and beaten by Chinese security forces, the source said.

Tensions in the Tibet Autonomous Region and in Tibetan-populated areas in China's provinces have not subsided since anti-China protests swept through the Tibetan Plateau in March 2008.

Chinese authorities have blamed the Dalai Lama for the tense situation, saying he is encouraging the self-immolations, which run contrary to Buddhist teachings.

But the Dalai Lama blamed China's "ruthless and illogical" policy toward Tibet.

He called on the Chinese government to change its "repressive" policies in Tibet, citing the crackdown on monasteries and policies curtailing the use of the Tibetan language.

Reported by Thakla Gyal for RFA's Tibetan service. Translated by Karma Dorjee. Written in English by Parameswaran Ponnudurai. 
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