Sunday, March 16, 2008
LABRANG PROTESTS SATURDAY
ere is some cell phone video taken yesterday (March 15) at Labrang, in Amdo (eastern region) of Tibet. The event is described in a report by TCHRD which I also linked yesterday. Monks of the large Labrang Tashikyil monastery were joined by thousands of people, for a peaceful demonstration beginning with incense burning prayer offering (Sangsol), and a march to the county government headquarters while raising pro-independence chants. The demonstration was broken up with tear gas and gunfire, people were beaten and arrested. The Centre describes this as the first such large scale demonstration to have ever taken place in Labrang.
Wai Beijing Wide Open for the video.
And this cell phone video was reportedly taken around 1 pm local time yesterday, also at the same Labrang protest. The quality is very poor, but Chinese television will never show scenes like this -- only the riotous scenes from Lhasa they broadcast on Saturday, and certainly not anything showing Chinese troops firing their weapons. Foreign media are excluded from Tibet, and they won't be getting in anytime soon.