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More Tibetan Protests

June 16, 2008

Five Tibetans are arrested for protesting in the southwestern Chinese
province of Sichuan, amid sporadic demonstrations against Chinese rule.
Radio Free Asia (RFA)
June 12, 2008

HONG KONG -- Small groups of Tibetans in the southwestern province of
Sichuan have staged more protests against Chinese rule despite a
major security clampdown after protests and rioting by anti-Chinese
protesters this year.

"There were about four or five protesters [Wednesday]," a resident of
Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western
Sichuan said.

"They are at the intersection of two roads downtown. There were no
such protests during the past few days, but there are protests
today," the man said. "I could hear what they yelled."

Tibetan sources in Kardze confirmed that a woman, Namsel Lhamo, 30,
from Raka village; a man, Tenzin Thargyal, 32; and a third man whose
name wasn't known protested at the main intersection of Kardze town
on June 11 around 10 a.m. A boy and a monk from Lhoba village
protested on the same day.

All five Tibetan protesters were beaten and detained by police,
sources in the area said. After the protests, local officials raided
Namsel Lhamo's home and took away photos of Tibet's exiled leader,
the Dalai Lama, and smashed them on the floor.

WOMAN'S BROTHER 'DREW SWORD'

"At that time, Pema Gyatso, 30, brother of Namsel Lhamo, drew his
sword. The officials fled the house, but not long after about 200
Chinese Public Security Bureau police were dispatched to arrest him.
In the meantime, Pema Gyatso managed to escape from the area to the
mountains," one Tibetan source said.

"Chinese officials are giving a hard time to other members of the
family, including the elderly parents and young kids."

Another source said that on June 12, a Tibetan man called Palden
Wangyal, 20, protested in the center of Kardze town, tying a white
prayer scarf round his head and holding the banned Tibetan flag in
his hand. Sources said he managed to walk two kms (1.2 miles) before
being detained by police.

More than 100 Tibetans have been detained for staging anti-Chinese
protests in Kardze since March 18. Some are held in the town itself,
while others are scattered through detention centers in Nyagrong and
Dartsedo counties, sources say.

Calls to the Kardze Public Security Bureau went unanswered during
office hours Wednesday

PERSISTENT PROTESTS

These incidents are the latest in a series of small but persistent
protests following a crackdown across all areas of China with
significant Tibetan populations.

Chinese authorities briefly detained more than 300 Tibetan Buddhist
nuns in Kardze at the weekend after they marched on county offices
demanding the release of a protesting colleague, Tibetan sources said.

Tsering Tsomo, 28, from Samten Ling nunnery, was detained June 8 as
she handed out leaflets in Draggo (in Chinese, Luhuo) county calling
for the return of the Dalai Lama. Later that day, more than 300 nuns
from Samten Ling nunnery marched to county government offices in
support of Tsering Tsomo.

All were detained and many were beaten.

PATRIOTIC CAMPAIGN

The Chinese authorities have launched a concerted "patriotic
education" campaign among Tibetans, aimed at diminishing support for
the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing
blames for violence that erupted in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet
Autonomous Region, on March 14.

Beijing says that 22 people were killed in the rioting, which began
in Lhasa and spread rapidly to other Tibetan areas of western China.
Tibetan sources say scores of people were killed when Chinese
paramilitary and police opened fire on crowds of demonstrators.

Chinese authorities have blamed the Dalai Lama for instigating the
protests and fomenting a Tibetan independence movement. The Dalai
Lama rejects the accusation, saying he wants only autonomy and human
rights for Tibetans.

The United States and the European Union have called on China to have
"results-oriented" talks soon with the Dalai Lama's representatives.
A seventh round of talks between the Dalai Lama's representatives and
the Chinese government was postponed last week because of the May 12
earthquake in Sichuan.

In a joint statement, U.S. and EU leaders expressed concern about
recent unrest in Tibet and urged all sides to refrain from further
violence. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said China opposes
international interference on the Tibet issue.
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