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Tibetans stand against relocation policy: Chinese open fire six women injured

May 28, 2009

Edited by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post
Translated by S. Hart and Yangjam,
The Tibet Post
May 25, 2009

Dharamshala -- According to a resource from
Tibet, at 11am, 24 May, 2009, Tibetan residents
of Tao county and Nyagchu county eastern Tibet
congregated to stand against relocation, the
confrontation ended in a deadly clash with the
Chinese police.  Chinese armed paramilitaries
shot into the unarmed crowd and critically
wounded six Tibetan women, their whereabouts and the health status is unknown.

In 2008 Chinese authorities demanded that
residence of Tao county uproot their homes and
move elsewhere to make room for a new, Chinese
owned and operated, power station.  They began
enforcing this population transfer in
2009.  Residence have been peacefully resisting
the authorities efforts and have remained in their homes.

5 May 2009 armed military force asserted
themselves in the region and systematically
destroyed the family houses of the Ati Gyatso
family, and the Chegopezi family.  The local
Chinese authorities channeled medieval monarchs
and  constructed a stone pillar declaring that if
the people do not obey the laws there will be serious consequences.

Lhamo lived in Waramato village her entire life,
and she at age 70 refuses to move and lead the
protest she shouted, “the land belongs to us and
we are not moving anywhere.” As Lhamo protest
gained momentum and a following they proceeded to
the village center and overturned the stone
pillar.  19 days after the armed police began
destroying family homes, the military force multiplied.

Tension increased as the villagers stayed in
their homes, culminating in a catastrophic
confrontation that left six Tibetan women
seriously injured by Chinese firearms.  The six
women are, Tsering Lhamo, Rigzin Dolma, Dolma, Kelsang, Dolkar, and Khayang.

The six injured women were taken away by Chinese
police forces and it is still unknown if the six women are alive or not.
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