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Security forces in Driru, 2013
Security forces in Driru, 2013

In May 2013, several thousand Tibetans in Driru staged a large protest against a new mining operation on the sacred Naglha Dzamba mountain. Their protest appeared successful and the project was halted.

Several months later, the area was flooded with Chinese officials imposing a “political re-education campaign”. When they tried to force Tibetans to fly the Chinese flag on their houses, villagers gathered the flags and threw them in the river, triggering a wave of repression and protest.

China's intense response

In October, police opened fire with live ammunition on a demonstration, causing severe injuries.

Residents have been given lengthy prison sentences; at least two local Tibetans have died in custody, apparently after being tortured, and monasteries have been closed down.