Thousands of Tibetans protest mining on sacred site
Security forces flood area
On Friday 24 May, an estimated 3,500 Tibetans converged on a site of pilgrimage to prevent a Chinese firm starting mining operations in the area.
Up to 5,000 had gathered in the local town to protest beforehand.
Around 100 workers from the Chinese company arrived at the site on Naghla Dzambha mountain in Driru, central Tibet, purportedly to put up power lines. Locals believed they were there to start mining.
A delegation approached the workers, asking them to “please leave our resources where they are”.
Photo of Chinese security
County authorities later announced mining would not take place.
50 trucks containing security forces were sent into the area following the protest. A photo obtained by Free Tibet of the trucks carries the caption in Tibetan “the fate of sadness”.
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