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Ten held in Tibet’s Nangchen County after protest over aid issue

Tibetan families protest in front of government offices in Nangchen, Qinghai, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo courtesy: RFA)
Tibetan families protest in front of government offices in Nangchen, Qinghai, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

(TibetanReview.net, Aug28, 2015) – Apparently to discourage Tibetans from travelling and seeking better educational opportunity and livelihood outside their birthplace, Chinese authorities in Nangchen (Chinese: Nangqian) County of Yulshul (Yushu) Prefecture, Qinghai Province, have excluded many of them from an aid program, leading to a protest by more than a hundred families on Aug 26 morning. At least 10 Tibetans were detained, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Aug 26.

The report said that the County’s Economic Development Council had announced a project to build new houses and provide scholarships for students in Chumey Village of Nangchen’s Nyakla Township. However, families with members who had travelled out of the area for work or moved out for better schooling for their children were ticked off from the list of beneficiaries under the project.

Tibetans belonging to families excluded from the aid programme protested before the county headquarters, trying to explain their circumstances and demanding equal treatment. They carried banners saying, in Chinese, “Prosperity, Democracy, Development, Harmony, and Truth”. However, county officials refused to listen to them while ten were held.

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