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Over 240 protests, 140 sentencings in Tehor for protests

February 22, 2010

Tibetan Review
February 21, 2010

The number of protests and those sentenced for
being involved in them across the Tibetan Plateau
in 2008 and thereafter may have been far more
than what has been reported so far. In the Tehor
area of Karze (Chinese: Ganzi) Prefecture of
Sichuan Province alone, there were more than 240
peaceful protests and over 140 were sentenced
between Mar 10’08  and Jun 11’09, according to a
new report released Feb 19 by the Tehor Welfare Association in Dharamsala.

The report says more than 3,000 Tibetans took
part in these demonstrations and that evidences
show 25 Tibetans having been brutally killed by
Chinese troops in their crackdowns.

"An uncountable number of Tibetans were arrested
arbitrarily, while hundreds were maimed and
thousands severely beaten," the exile Tibetan
government’s Feb 19 quoted the report, written in Tibetan, as saying.

In his foreword to the report, the Dalai Lama has
said, "accounts based on real experience
witnessed and heard by ones' own eyes and ears
would help in realising the truth of Tibetan people's cause".

The head of the exile Tibetan government, Prof
Samdhong Rinpoche was the chief guest at the
report’s launch function. He said it was of
paramount importance for Tibetan people to keep a
written record of their peaceful struggle to
preserve their unique identity and cultural heritage in Tibet.

The report said that the exile Tibetan
government had, as of Aug 31, 2009, recorded
about 223 deaths, and over 1,294 serious injuries
in the brutal Chinese clampdown since Mar 10,
2008. It has also said over 4,657 had been
arrested and 371 sentenced while more than 990
had disappeared. Four Tibetans were executed in Lhasa on Oct 20’09.
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