Second day of killing in Tibet:two more shot dead, many more injured in second town

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Free Tibet can confirm that at least two Tibetans have been shot dead and many more wounded when Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters today in Serthar Town, Serthar County, Kandze prefecture (Chinese: Seda, Seda County, Ganzi prefecture, Sichuan).

 

 

One of the Tibetans, named Popo (also spelled Bobo), died at the scene.

 

Free Tibet is unable to confirm the sequence of events but can confirm that Tibetans gathered in Serthar Town at 12:30pm local time to protest. After security forces opened fire, people reported seeing Tibetans with serious wounds.

 

Locals describe the town as being under curfew: they have been told not to leave their homes and they are now afraid that if they do they will be shot.

 

Today’s incident follows a series of protests in the area over the last few days. On 21 January, two monks from Shorog Monastery protested in Serthar Town, calling out that Tibet needs freedom, Tibetans should not celebrate Chinese New Year and Tibetans should never be quiet until they have their freedom. Unconfirmed reports say that the two monks were detained; Free Tibet cannot confirm their whereabouts.

 

On 22 January, troops were deployed to Puku Township when many local people joined a monk who was protesting; Free Tibet is unable to confirm any further details of this incident.


On 23 January, pamphlets were circulated in Serthar County stating that two Tibetans are ready to self-immolate.

 

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden expressed her grave concerns for Tibetans as protests spread (2) and Chinese state actors respond with lethal force:

 

“This is the second consecutive day that Chinese forces have opened fire and killed unarmed Tibetan protesters. Chinese forces are responding with lethal force to Tibetans' ever-growing calls for freedom.

Information from Tibet suggests there will be more protests in the coming days and we have grave concerns over what may unfold. How many innocent Tibetans will be arrested, beaten or shot before the international community condemns what is unfolding inside Tibet?”

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Notes to Editor


This release can be found online :

1) Serthar was the scene of protests of several hundred Tibetans calling for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama on Saturday 1 October 2011 and two Tibetans were shot by Chinese security services during a protest on 16 October outside the local police station in Khekor Township, Serthar County.


http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/unrest-tibet-widens-two-tibetans-shot-and-nun-dies-after-setting-fire-herself


2) http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/Tibetans-shot-one-dead-many-injured-in-Draggo

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For further information and interviews please contact Free Tibet’s Director Stephanie Brigden
E: stephanie@freetibet.org
T: +44 (0)20 7324 4605
M: +44 (0)7971 479515