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Primary school students stage protest in Kham Driru

March 29, 2010

Phayul - March 24, 2010

Dharamsala, March 24: More than 20 students from a primary school in Kham
Driru held bold protests against Chinese rule earlier this week, an exile
Tibetan having contacts in the region told Phayul.

Driru (Ch: Biru), traditionally a district in the Kham Province of Tibet, is
currently a county in Nagchu (Ch: Nagqu) Prefecture of the so-called 'Tibet
Autonomous Region' (TAR).

"A peaceful protest was held by a group of students in a Primary School in
Driru district in Tibet against the Chinese government on March 22," Ngawang
Tharpa, a Tibetan from Nagchu now living in exile here, said.

Thapa said slogans like "Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama'', "Free
Tibet", "China out of Tibet" and "Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama come back
to Tibet" were raised by the students during the protest.

The protesters were later surrounded by Chinese security forces and their
parents were held for interrogation, Tharpa said, citing sources.

The sources, however, could not confirm further details regarding the
protest and, the situation of the students and the school due to heavy
restriction placed by the Chinese authorities after the protest, Tharpa
said.

It is also not clear if anyone has been arrested during the protest.

"We don't know whether the students are arrested or whether they are held in
detention center," sources told Tharpa.
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