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Mass abductions in midnight raids by Chinese security forces in Lhasa

March 17, 2008

16 March 2008

Hundreds of Tibetans are arbitrarily arrested in the ongoing
house-by-house raid by Chinese security forces in Lhasa beginning from
15 March 2008. All former political prisoners have already been rounded
off and thrown into prisons by the security forces according to
confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights
and Democracy (TCHRD).

With streets filled with patrolling Chinese armed troops and tanks in
Lhasa city, the security agencies comb each and every house in Lhasa and
pick up all suspected Tibetans, especially youth, from their houses
accompanied by severe beatings by the armed forces. In testimonies
received by TCHRD, mothers and elderlies in the families helplessly plea
at security forces upon seeing their sons and loved ones being beaten
and dragged away.

Law enforcement authorities in the so-called "Tibet Autonomous Region"
had on Saturday (15 March) issued an ultimatum to the protesting
Tibetans to voluntarily surrender before Monday midnight (17 March).
However, the actual arrests has already begun in house-by-house raid
since yesterday while the world expects it to take place from tomorrow.

Although Martial Law is not officially imposed in Lhasa, it has all the
elements of the Martial Law imposed in 1989 by the then "TAR" Party
Secretary Hu Jintao, currently the President of People's Republic of China.

TCHRD fears more arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearances to take
place in the coming few days. The Centre also expresses its deepest fear
of torture on the Tibetan arrestees which is a regular feature in the
Chinese administered detention centres and prisons in Chinese occupied
Tibet. TCHRD appeals to the international community to urgently show
their solidarity and act for the arrested peaceful Tibetan protesters
and innocent arrestees.

Contact person:
Tashi Choephel/Tenzin Norgay/Tsering Agloe (English)
Jamphel Monlam (Tibetan and Chinese)
Phone Number: +91-1892-223363/225874/229225
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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