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At least seven shot dead in demonstration in Ngaba County

March 17, 2008

16 March 2008

According to the latest confirmed information received by the Tibetan
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), at least seven people
were known to have been shot dead including monks of Ngaba Kirti
Monastery by the People's Armed Police (PAP) during the peaceful
demonstration by thousands of people in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba) this
afternoon. Hundreds of people are also known to have been injured in the
incident following PAP crackdown on the protestors. The demonstration is
still going on when the Centre received the information from the venue
of demonstration.

The demonstration started around 11.30 AM (Beijing Time), when thousands
of Tibetan monks of Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery, in Ngaba County (Ch:
Aba), Ngaba  "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP") Sichuan Province,
gathered for a prayer session this morning. Shortly after the end of
morning prayer session, thousands of monks erupted into spontaneous
protest by raising slogans calling for "Tibet independence",  "return of
the Dalai Lama" and "freedom for Tibet". The demonstration was later
joined by common citizens of Ngaba County total numbering thousands of
people who were heading towards Ngaba County government headquarters.

TCHRD condemns in strongest terms the Chinese security agencies' use of
brute force on the peaceful Tibetan demonstrators. The Centre will
update on the situation as and when more information surfaces from the area.
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