(TibetanReview.net, Feb 5) – Chinese cadres provoked a protest from and an inevitable clash with monks by holding in the compound of Dege Gonchen, a monastery in Dege County of Karze (Chinese: Ganzi) Prefecture in Sichuan Province, a Chinese New Year party in which even women cadres wore monk’s robes and danced in front of monks, exile Tibetan MP Ms Juchen Kunchok told Oslo-based Voice of Tibet Feb 4. The incident occurred on Jan 27, the second day of Chinese Spring Festival, at Chunagmar ground used for holding the monastery’s ritual dance events. A number of monks were arrested in the ensuing scuffle.
Following this development, Lama Gala, a 93-year-old monk, led a protest by around 200 monks in front of the county administration. They demanded that the detained monks should be release at once or the protesters will take their own lives. When the monks were eventually released on Jan 31, around 30 of them were in severely injured state due to beating and torture during detention. This made the situation in the county “very tense”.
There is no clear information yet about the Chinese police firing on Dege monks which occurred near the monastery in the night of the scuffle. But it clearly appeared to be related to the Chinese cadres’ provocation at the main monastery. The exile Tibetan government’s Tibet.net Jan 28 reported that among those arrested after the firing were those it named as Ven Tsering Wangchuk, Chu Gha, Tashi Dorjee, Sonam Norbu, Choejor Palden and Dongthok Tashi. A Dec 29 Tibet.net report said the firing took place at midnight. There are no reports yet on casualties from the firing incident.