Police in violent crackdown on Tibetans days after self-immolation

Photo shows black-uniformed security officers violently beating and arresting Tibetans in Kardze, eastern Tibet
Photo shows black-uniformed security officers violently beating and arresting Tibetans in Kardze, eastern Tibet

27th March 2017

Arrests and beatings in Kardze follows high-profile protest

Chinese security personnel have been randomly beating and arresting Tibetans in Kardze (eastern Tibet) in the days following 24-year-old Pema Gyaltsen’s self-immolation protest.

A video being circulated through social media platforms shows dozens of masked, armed security officers in black uniforms attacking and detaining Tibetans in Serta County (located in the Chinese province of Sichuan) and then loading them into police vans. The footage shows people being violently beaten by dozens of uniformed officers armed with batons. The whereabouts of those seized by the authorities remains unknown.

A source, who spoke with a local based in Tibet, said: "After the self-immolation protest of Pema Gyaltsen on March 18 in Kardze County, surveillance has been beefed up in nearby counties. Several Tibetans have been arrested."

Protest blaze commanded worldwide attention

Pema Gyaltsen’s high-profile self-immolation protest against China’s occupation was the first of 2017 and attracted widespread global media coverage. The young farmer did not die in the protest and his state of health, as well as his location, are unknown.

  • Free Tibet earlier reported that Pema Gyaltsen set himself on fire in Nyarong County when it has been confirmed that the protest actually took place in Kardze County.

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