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Tibetans Stand Against Relocation Policy: Chinese open fire six women injured


Edited by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post
Translated by S. Hart and Yangjam,
The Tibet Post
May 25, 2009

Dharamshala -- According to a resource from Tibet, at 11am, 24 May, 2009, Tibetan residents of Tao county and Nyagchu county eastern Tibet congregated to stand against relocation, the confrontation ended in a deadly clash with the Chinese police. Chinese armed paramilitaries shot into the unarmed crowd and critically wounded six Tibetan women, their whereabouts and the health status is unknown.

In 2008 Chinese authorities demanded that residence of Tao county uproot their homes and move elsewhere to make room for a new, Chinese owned and operated, power station. They began enforcing this population transfer in 2009. Residence have been peacefully resisting the authorities efforts and have remained in their homes.

5 May 2009 armed military force asserted themselves in the region and systematically destroyed the family houses of the Ati Gyatso family, and the Chegopezi family. The local Chinese authorities channeled medieval monarchs and constructed a stone pillar declaring that if the people do not obey the laws there will be serious consequences.

Lhamo lived in Waramato village her entire life, and she at age 70 refuses to move and lead the protest she shouted, “the land belongs to us and we are not moving anywhere.” As Lhamo protest gained momentum and a following they proceeded to the village center and overturned the stone pillar. 19 days after the armed police began destroying family homes, the military force multiplied.

Tension increased as the villagers stayed in their homes, culminating in a catastrophic confrontation that left six Tibetan women seriously injured by Chinese firearms. The six women are, Tsering Lhamo, Rigzin Dolma, Dolma, Kelsang, Dolkar, and Khayang.

The six injured women were taken away by Chinese police forces and it is still unknown if the six women are alive or not

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