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Sporadic protests, arrests continue in Tibet

November 30, 2010

TibetanReview.net
26 November 2010

Small-scale or solitary protests have been continuing across the Tibetan Plateau since the Tibet uprising demonstrations of Mar’08, reported Radio Free Asia online Nov 22, citing three instances at different places in which the protesters were taken away, including with severe beatings in at least two of them.

It said that on Nov 14, a group of two-three students marched in protest to the Machu county centre in Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Prefecture of Gansu province. “They walked for about a mile, carrying a white banner and shouting slogans calling for the independence of Tibet,” the report cited a local source as saying. Three police vehicles then arrived on the scene, put at least two students into a vehicle, and drove away.

“Tibetans who had gathered at the site tried to follow them, but the vehicles sped away,” the source was quoted as saying.

The students were said to be likely to be from Machu High School, although the teachers there were reported to be too afraid to talk about their identities.

On Oct 29, a man was reported to have staged a lone protest march around the Potala Palace in Lhasa, shouting through bullhorns for Tibet’s independence before being detained by police. “Why is China subjecting us to this kind of suffering and pain?  Chinese should return to China!” he was quoted as shouting, while calling for the Dalai Lama’s return.

The report quoted a witness as saying a group of 10 policemen arrived to severely beat and take him away in a motor vehicle. Many who witnessed the incident were reported to be in tears and to have shown their displeasure to the police by calling out in support of the man they had taken away. The protester’s identity remains unknown.

In a third incident, the manager of a guesthouse in Lhasa affiliated with the Ba Choede monastery in Bathang County of Sichuan Province was reportedly taken away by police on Nov 20 without any kind of written order or reason.

The detainee, named as Yeshe Dorje, was a monk at the monastery in his hometown and began managing the guesthouse this year. The report cited friends as saying the detainee’s phone calls were being monitored and the secret police had been watching his activities for some time after he arrived in Lhasa. His whereabouts remain unknown.
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