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Arrests, Beatings reported in Kardze After Official Attempts to Close Local Organization

June 24, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
23 April 2012, Dharamsala (India)

 
On 14 April 2012, around 300 Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) County police officers and People’s Armed Police visited the nomadic village of Da-thama (also known as Da-yul), and ordered the closure of an organization called “Da-yul Thundin Tsogpa” (English: Da-yul’s Unity Association) in Kardze County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Da-yul Thundin Tsogpa is an organization set up in 2008 by around 13 villages of Da-thama village, with representatives from all 13 villages.

The organization works to help resolve disputes between the local Tibetans and to build unity among the Tibetans in the 13 villages.

The officers suspicious that the Da-yul Thundin Tsogpa had organized political activities called the association “illegal”.

According to our sources, the officers arrested Dhontoh, the head of the association along with at least 250 local Tibetans.

The local Tibetans protested and expressed their disagreement against such actions by the government. Immediately, the county police officers and the People’s Armed Police started beating the Tibetans. More than 10 Tibetans were injured and hospitalized, according to sources. Among them, seven have been identified as Kyachen, Gyaltsen, Kyatse, Choepa, Kyatho, Kyaree.

The next day, on 15 April, over 2000 Tibetans gathered and continued to protest, demanding the release of those Tibetans arrested on 14 April 2012.

Most of the Tibetans arrested the day earlier were released but 33 still remain detained.

Following the incident, the Chinese authorities blocked all means of communication of the area, making it difficult to get more information on the situation inside Kardze County.


 
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