The new hub of Tibetan resistance

30th April 2014

Tibet Watch report analyses Driru protests and repression

A new report published by Free Tibet’s research partner, Tibet Watch, pieces together for the first time the full story of the events in the most turbulent area of Tibet today. Driru county has seen a cycle of protest, repression and further protest for nearly a year. China is straining to prevent resistance from spreading and to keep knowledge of its actions from the world.

A year of resistance in Tibet

Last May, Tibetans in Driru county in the Tibet Autonomous Region 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” on the county. 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.

Tibetans shot

China’s response to resistance in Driru county has been intense. In October, police opened fire with live ammunition on a demonstration, causing severe injuries. At least two local Tibetans have died in custody, apparently after being tortured, and monasteries have been closed down. Residents have been given severe sentences, including 18 years for monk Thardhod Gyaltsen and nine for singer Trinley Tsekar.

Tibet Watch report

The report The new hub of Tibetan resistance was commissioned by Free Tibet and researched and written by Tibet Watch. Using sources and contacts from inside Tibet, Tibet Watch’s team assembled the first full narrative of events in Driru county, revealing the extent of Tibetans’ courage and opposition to China’s rule, and the ruthless tactics employed by security forces to stamp out that resistance. The report will be distributed to the UK’s Foreign Office and other bodies responsible for monitoring the ongoing human rights crisis in Tibet.

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