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Hundreds of Tibetan farmers protest Chinese landgrabbing

March 31, 2014

March 24, 2014 -Hundreds of Tibetans staged protests over two days in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) County of Kanhlo (Gannan) Prefecture, Gansu Province, after authorities confiscated their farmland to build road to environmentally destructive state-run mining and industrial sites, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Mar 22. The incident, which was only the latest in the region recently, took place in the county’s Hortsang Township over Mar 16-17. 

Besides pollution and destruction of livestock, the Tibetans also raised the point during the protests that no compensation was paid for the confiscated lands. The Tibetans wrote their slogans and demands on huge banners they carried during the protests.

 The report said some of the protesters were detained after officials arrived on the scene.

 Several other protests were reported to have taken place in other parts of the county recently over the expansion of state-backed gold mining and related industrial activities.

 Opposing gold mining activities in the Dzo Zekhong area of Sangchu's Tsayue Township, Tibetans were reported to have raised slogans criticizing the disregard for the environmental destruction resulting from the ongoing mining and other activities.

 About 15 Chinese groups were reported to be extracting gold in Tsayue Township, fuelling other industrial and building projects as well. Gold mining was reported to have continued and expanded in the area for years despite numerous protests by the local Tibetans due to strong support for them by the local authorities.

 A cement factory in Marthang area of Hortsang Township was a target of many protests by local Tibetans. The factory, 99 percent or whose workers are Chinese immigrants, had forced many Tibetans to sell their land to it when it was built in 2010. Tibetans staged a protest when toxic fume from the factory killed birds and other wild lives while affecting domestic cattle as well. It only resulted in some of the protesters being detained.

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