Photographs of Tibetans detained in Ngaba; beating and disappearances
On 23 January, Free Tibet reported that Chinese security forces used tear gas on unarmed Tibetan protesters (1) in Meruma, approximately 20 kilometres from Ngaba Town, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba county, Sichuan province) (2).
Free Tibet has received new information from sources in exile that the protest in Meruma began as a peaceful sit-down protest and candlelit vigil organised by monks from the local Nyamtso Monastery. Chinese state security personnel arrived and tried to stop the vigil at which point Tibetans began to call for freedom for Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama. The security personnel then tried to disperse the Tibetans with tear gas and by beating them; protesters were later described as having been brutally beaten. A large number of Tibetan protesters, both monks from Nyamtso and lay people, were then taken from the location in trucks.
Many other people are reported to have been detained. Free Tibet has the names of ten of the detained, and portrait photographs of three of the detained.
Approximately 100 people were disappeared from the town from 23-24 January 2012, according to the same source.
Notes to Editor
2) In Ngaba Town, 11 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in protest at Chinese policies in Tibet since March 2011; the Chinese state has responded by cracking down on the area http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/selfimmolations
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