One man shot dead at protest

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Reports of shooting at a gold mine protest

According to unconfirmed reports at least one man was shot dead and more injured by security forces during a protest in Palyul County in eastern Tibet between 17 and 18 August.

A petition against the activities of a local mining company was delivered to the local government by villagers, led by Tashi Sangpo. The petition was rejected and it was reported that the petitioners were beaten. Subsequently dozens of felllow villagers joined them and camped outside the building for days before a stand-off between the police and the protesters ensued.

(The image shows an earlier mining protest in May 2010)

Following the publication of the shooting by Tibet groups, the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on 1 September that a 47-year-old Tibetan named Babo died after being hit "by a stray bullet when police fired warning shots with an anti-riot shotgun."