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Protests Reported Despite Heavy Clampdown

March 17, 2009

Agam's Gecko Blog
March 15, 2009

A few more scattered protests have been reported
in Tibetan areas around the anniversaries of last
year's general uprising. Three youths in Kardze
chanted freedom slogans on March 14 according to
reports received by Voice of Tibet radio service,
expressing the wishes for "Long Live the Dalai
Lama", "Release all political prisoners of
Tibet", "Dalai Lama must be allowed to return to
Tibet" and "Independence for Tibet." They also
put up prayer flags for these aspirations. Dawa
Tsering, 25, Dhondhup, 24, and Lobsang Nyandak,
25, were severely beaten up and taken to a new
prison in front of the People's Hospital in Kardze.

On March 11, three women protested in Kardze
before their inevitable beatings and arrest.
Choetso, 17, Tsetan Lhamo, 17, and Tsering Lhamo,
17, were taken to the same prison mentioned
above. A lone Tibetan also made a street protest
on March 12 and was immediately arrested.

A few more details of the protest in Lithang
County, Kardze on March 10 (briefly mentioned in
the last post) have trickled out. An unidentified
monk shouted slogans at around 11 am, but when
armed security forces attempted to seize him, a
group of local people confronted the bullies to
rescue him. The outcome of this incident is not clear.

Later in the afternoon, as earlier reported, a
monk from Bathang named Lobsang Wangchuk, 29,
raised freedom slogans and was beaten and
arrested. Both these monks were from the Lithang
Monastery. Kardze authorities are said to have
ordered all shops and restaurants to remain closed.

At Rebkong, Amdo, authorities have reportedly put
a ban on selling mobile SIM cards, in furtherance
of their efforts to prevent the flow of
information to the outside world. Massive troop
deployment is evident, with witness stating that
the military build-up is much greater than it was in 1958.

Two young monks shouted slogans and distributed
leaflets in Kyekundo, Amdo on March 6. They
evaded arrest, but two days later four other men
were arrested for collecting the protest leaflets
which were distributed by the monks. A search
operation is underway to apprehend the agile pamphleteers.

The Telegraph passes on a report from the South
China Morning Post, which says it has a reporter
currently in Lhasa, claiming that police sweeps
in the city have not spared "a single hotel,
guesthouse or local home." The major monasteries
remain sealed, roadblocks are set up throughout
the city, and armed troops patrol day and night.
A protest at Sera Monastery involving dozens of
monks was reported to have taken place on March 9.

Locals also told the SCMP that a protest
involving dozens of monks broke out on March 9
around the Sera Monastery, a day before the 50th
anniversary of the Tibetan uprising that led to
the Dalai Lama's flight into exile. At least half
the temple is now cordoned off and two military
vehicles with up to 100 armed police were deployed outside.

As part of China's new charm offensive ("the door
is always open for talks"), Party mouth-organ
People's Daily accused the Dalai Lama of
diabolical activities involving the use of human
blood, skins and skulls. They are so charming,
those darn CCP propaganda cadres.

Your humble correspondent will be leaving the Big
Mango tonight for Jakarta, where I'll be most of
this week. Fortunately, this enables me to visit
the Heaven in Exile exhibition before it ends
next weekend. The opening night on March 6 looks
like it was well-attended, as this short video
posted by my good friend Enrico Soekarno (the
driving force behind this event) attests.

I post it here in hopes that any CCP
propagandists who watch this site will see that
the Tibetans have many good friends in this part
of the world. And of course, so that friends of Tibet will know this too.
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