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Press Release: Demonstrations in Kardze County

July 6, 2008

TCHRD Press Release
July 5, 2008

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Demonstrations in Kardze County

A group of local Tibetans were severely beaten and then detained by
the Chinese security forces for staging peaceful demonstrations in
Kardze County, Kardze "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP"),
Sichuan, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)

On 21 June 2008, a Tibetan youth named Dragu of Khashul Village, Dado
Township, Kardze County, Kardze "TAP", was detained by the People's
Armed Police (PAP) as he had entered into the main market of the
County calling for a free Tibet until his protest was overtaken by 7
local PAP officers. He was seen sporting a white band tied around his
head with the words "Bod Rangzen" (Free Tibet) written on it and with
Tibetan flags painted on both of his cheeks.

On 22 June 2008, around 11:00 AM (Beijing Standard Time) 24-year-old
monk Tsering Phuntsok and 36- year-old monk Tashi Sherab both of
Khangmar Monastery in Kardze County, Sichuan, staged a peaceful
demonstration in the County.

In the afternoon around 1:00 PM of the same day, a 37 year-old monk
named Sergha and 27 year-old monk, Yeshi Dargye, also of Khangmar
Monastery further staged protest by distributing pamphlets and
calling for a free Tibet, and praying for the long life of the Dalai
Lama and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

On the same day around 2 - 3 PM local time, another demonstration
consisting of more than 10 local Tibetans erupted in the same County
which was led by an unidentified layman of Shillidha Village.

All the peaceful protesters whilst being brutally beaten were
arrested by the Chinese armed forces.
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