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China displaces tens and thousands of Tibetans in Tawu County

June 1, 2009

May 28, 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) received reliable information that the
Tibetans in Tawu County protested against a
construction of a major hydroelectric dam that
resulted in a displacement of tens and thousands of local Tibetans.

Currently the Chinese government is undertaking a
construction of a major hydroelectric dam between
Nyag-chu and Tawu County, which is resulting in a
large-scale displacement of local Tibetans in
Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (“TAP”),
Sichuan Province, much against their wishes.

The local Chinese authorities on 24 May 2009
issued orders to local Tibetans to assemble at
Tawu County headquarter for a public
announcement. During the meeting, the local
Tibetans were told about Chinese government’s
plan to re-settle them to some other place so as
to clear the way for the construction of hydroelectric dam.

Just moments after the announcement of dam
construction, local Tibetans in the gathering
immediately broke up into major protest against
the government plans. They were reportedly
shouting slogans to the local authorities that, “
this place has been our ancestral dwelling place
for countless generations and therefore we don’t
want to leave our homes. We are not going to move
away to any other places come what may.”

Within moments, Chinese security personnel
consisting of both Public Security Bureau (PSB)
and People’s Armed Police (PAP) lobbed tear gas
and carried out violent means to disperse the
agitating crowd. During the crackdown, six
Tibetans including a 70-year-old woman, Guru
Dolma, Rigzin Dolma and others sustained serious
injuries at the hands of Chinese security
personnel. The seriously injured Tibetans were
taken away in a van to a nearby hospital but
there was no information about their well-being and health condition.

Since the commencement of the dam construction in
last year in Tawu County, the Chinese authorities
had been forcing local Tibetans to re-locate and
abandon their ancestral homes and those who defy
official decree were beaten and tortured. Of
late, 5 May 2009, the Chinese security forces as
well as construction workers have been stationing
in Wara town to push ahead the construction of the dam.

The TCHRD expresses serious concern at the plight
of Tibetans in Tawu County and urges the
international community to pressurize the Chinese government.
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