16 C
New Delhi
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Chinese troops fired on Tibetan protesters, injured 10 and many held

Tibetans shouting slogans at the protest in Loshu township in Sershul county in Sichuan province's Kardze prefecture, Aug 12, 2014. (Photo courtesy RFA)
Tibetans shouting slogans at the protest in Loshu township in Sershul county in Sichuan province’s Kardze prefecture, Aug 12, 2014. (Photo courtesy RFA)

(TibetanReview.net, Aug15, 2014) –Some 10 villagers were seriously injured and many others detained on Aug 12 after Chinese paramilitary police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds of Tibetans who had gathered in front of the Lusho (Chinese: Luoxu) Township government offices in Sershul (Shiqu) County of Kardze (Ganzi) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, demanding the release of a respected village leader who had been detained the night before. The area is now reported to be under tight security clampdown with the local Tibetans, including the elderly and children, being subjected to interrogation and torture and all communication lines being cut off.

Wangdak, 45-year-old leader of Denma Shugpa Village, was taken away at midnight of Aug 11-12 after he had complained to the authorities about the harassment of Tibetan women by senior Chinese officials during a cultural performance which the local community had been forced to host during their visit to the county. But rather than listening to their complaints, the authorities called in security forces to disperse the crowd.

Dema Wangdak in an undated photo.
Dema Wangdak in an undated photo.

The armed police were reported to have fired teargas shells and live ammunition into the crowd. Around 10 Tibetans, including a son and a brother named Sangpo of Wangdak, received serious bullet injuries, Radio Free Asia (Washington) Aug 13 cited an exile Tibetan from the area with local contacts as saying. The two were said to have received two bullet wounds each.

Following the brutal attack, many adults fled their village to hide in the surrounding hills, leaving behind mostly women, children and elderly who were subjected to interrogation and torture by the Chinese. Reinforcement was called in later in the day and the village was fully surrounded by troops.

A Tibetan protester showing gunshot wounds in his abdomen.
A Tibetan protester showing gunshot wounds in his abdomen.

Wangdak had voiced strong objection to the senior Chinese officials’ ill-treatment of Tibetan women during the cultural show, resulting in a verbal altercation. Enraged Chinese officials then accused Wangdak of having held an illegal ceremony at the beginning of a traditional local horse-racing festival, which included an incense-burning ritual and prayer offerings. Wangdak was the chairman of the Denma Horse Festival Committee which organized the event.

Related Articles

Brutalized Tibetan political prisoner dies after transfer to hospital without his family’s knowledge

(TibetanReview.net, Feb17’21) – A Tibetan political prisoner has died in hospital in Tibet’s capital Lhasa on Feb 6, less than three months...

China’s Panchen says Tibetans owe their happiness to Beijing, it’s not a gift of nature

(TibetanReview.net, Feb12’21) – "A glorious time and a happy homeland is not a gift from nature. We should remain grateful for our...

China closes temples in Lhasa ahead of sensitive events on Covid-19 pretext

(TibetanReview.net, Feb11’21) – China routinely imposes unannounced new restrictions in Tibet’s capital Lhasa ahead of February and March each year when Tibetans...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

6,190FansLike
705FollowersFollow
7,109FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

China curbed foreign journalists’ work on Covid-19 pretexts, used some as pawns in diplomatic disputes

(TibetanReview.net, Mar01’21) – Foreign journalists working in China have seen a "rapid decline in media freedom" in 2020 with Beijing using coronavirus...

Chinese gov’t exaggerating its role in poverty elimination?

(TibetanReview.net, Mar01’21) – China’s claim that it has lifted 100 million people out of poverty and eliminated absolute poverty needs to be...

India aims to inoculate 300 million people against Covid-19 by Aug’21

(TibetanReview.net, Mar01’21) – New global Covid-19 cases have been dropping for six consecutive weeks while in India daily increase in new cases...

China calls its rights record best in history as UN rights chief adds to growing criticisms

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said Feb 26 that China was restricting basic civil and...

Chinese state hackers employ malicious Firefox extension to target exile Tibetans

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – Chinese Communist Party-backed hackers have been carrying out low-level phishing campaigns against the Tibetan diaspora since Mar 2020, reported...