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Chinese police shoot six women during dam protest

May 28, 2009

Guardian (UK)
May 26, 2009

A dam along the Fu Jiang River linking to
Tangjiashan quake lake in Beichuan, in Mianyang
city, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan in June 2008

Six Tibetan women were shot by China security
forces during a protest over a hydroelectric dam
project in Sichuan province, the Tibetan government-in-exile claimed today.

The women were demonstrating against a forcible
relocation programme in Yajiang, Ganzi Tibetan
Autonomous Region, on Sunday morning, when public
security officers and armed police opened fire,
according to the statement from Dharamshala.

The condition of the women is unknown as they
were reportedly taken away by the authorities.
Their names were given as Tsering Lhamo, Rigzin
Lhamo, Dolma, Kelsang, Dolkar and Khaying.

Other Tibetan sources were unable to confirm the
shooting. Chinese government officials said they would look into the claims.

Several dams are under construction in the area.
Among them is the Lianghekou hydroelectric plant,
which is scheduled to begin operation in 2010.

Political tensions in and around Tibet are
increasingly exacerbated by environmental concerns.

Exiled supporters of the Dalai Lama claim the
government in Beijing wants to drive Tibetans off
the land so it can extract minerals and water
resources from the mountain region.

The communist government says it is investing
heavily in measures to improve the environment of the region.

Tensions are sporadically apparent. According to
a separate report today, hundreds of Tibetan
villages are staging a peaceful protest against a
gold mine in western Sichuan that is planned near
an area that locals consider a sacred mountain.
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