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Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 26 July 2008

July 28, 2008
July 26, 2008

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18 July 2008

Palyul (Ch: Baiyu) County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) "TAP", Kham
(incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) -The monks of
Dzokchen monastery clashes with the Chinese forces

A huge number of Chinese forces have arrived at Dzokchen monastery in
Palyul county since this March. They, dressed in Tibetan attires,
have hunted animals in Ri-Dham-Loong, a place being considered holy
by the monks and the villagers with many wild animals. When a Tibetan
Lama, who is on a retreat, told them that hunting is not allowed in
this sacred place, the Chinese forces beat him horribly.

Upon knowing this incident in the afternoon at around 3:00 p.m., the
monks of Dzokchen monastery visited the township to complain at the
concerned Chinese authorities. But, their complaint was rejected by
the authorities which have finally resulted in a fight between the
monks and the Chinese forces. It is reported that some monks were
shot during the fight. The situation was temporarily calmed down with
mediation from some senior Lamas. Further information not available.

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14 July 2008
Dartsedo (Ch: Kangding) County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) "TAP", Kham
(incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) - Atruk Kyalgyam
given 5-year sentence after detaining for nearly a year

On 14 July, the concerned court at Dartsedo, the location for
headquarters of Karze "TAP", sentenced Atruk Kyalgyam, a nephew of
Rungye Adrak who was arrested last year, to 5 years in prison.

During the annual horse race festival in Lithang (Ch: Litang) county
in Karze "TAP" on 1 August, Rungye Adrak led a peaceful protest
against the Chinese government. He was immediately arrested from the
scene. Following this protest, the Chinese authorities started
conducting intense "patriotic re-education" to all the monks and lay
people of Lithang county.

When the "patriotic re-education" was being conducted in Kharshul
village, Atruk Kyalgyam has thoroughly expressed his views and
opposed to undergo the "education". As a result, he was arrested in
the beginning of September last year.

12 July 2008
Derge (Ch: Dege) County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) "TAP", Kham (incorporated
into the Chinese province of Sichuan) - Restrictions heightened after
the explosion in Gonchen monastery killed 2 monks and severely injured 4 others

Following the blast incident, as described by the Chinese authorities
lately, on around 12 July that killed two monks and injured four
others in Gonchen monastery in Derge county, the local authorities
heightened the restrictions including not allowing the gathering of
more than two people around the Gonchen monastery and keeping all the
communication channels under strict surveillance.

Due to the heavy restrictions imposed in the locality, it has been
very difficult to get the clear accounts of the incident.

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29 June 2008
Jomda (Ch: Jiangda) County, Chamdo Prefecture, Kham (incorporated
into "TAR") - Four arrested on suspicion of staging a protest

Suspecting the staging of a protest by the people of Geynang village
in Jomda county after their harvest of a medicinal plant called
caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps Sinensis), the Chinese authorities
arrested four villagers including Tsegyal on 29 June.

On 31 June, 32 more were arrested when the villagers requested the
local concerned Chinese authorities for the release of those four
arrested. However, all of them, except seven, were released later.

Those seven who continue to be detained are: Tsegyal (from Parwar
Tsang family), Jamyang Tsering (from Momo Tsang family), Anyog,
Palchen, Tsering, Chokdup, and Sonam Dhargyal. Further details not available.

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15 June 2008
Machu (Ch: Maqu) County, Kanlho "TAP", Amdo (incorporated into the
Chinese province of Gansu) - Three given arbitrary sentences

On 15 June, three people were given arbitrary sentences by the
People's Intermediate Court of Kanlho "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture".

Kelbar (20) from Drolkyab Tsang family in the upper division of
Noorma village, Machu county, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Kheychok Trimthak (30) from Rongchok Tsang family was sentenced to 13
years and Kunchok (16) from the lower division of Noorma village to
12 years of imprisonment.

They were among those who were arrested on 11 April by the county
Public Security Bureau for allegedly participating in a protest held
in Machu county this March.
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