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Tibetan Women March in Amdo, Tibet
This press report was sent to me by a friend, an exiled Tibetan monk in India. This is what happened recently in his province of Amdo. Women are making a difference in the struggle!
200 Women in Amdo March Demanding Release of Fellow Tibetans
Phayul – Friday, May 11, 2012 02:33
DHARAMSHALA, May 10: In a strong show of defiance against Chinese authorities, around 200 Tibetan women in the Ngaba region of Eastern Tibet marched towards the Chinese district office last week demanding the release of fellow Tibetans arrested in recent times.
“On May 1, about 200 Tibetan women, from different villages of Ngaba County, including Adhue Village and Gyade Tsosum Village, marched to the Ngaba County government office to appeal for the release of Tibetans arrested on April 14 at Adhue Village,” the Dharamshala based rights group, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said in a release Thursday.
The women marchers were stopped by armed Chinese security personnel at Tsamrig Village after marching for nearly 7 kilometers,” the release said.
TCHRD, while citing sources, noted that “a big clash” was averted after heads of the local monastery intervened to ease the standoff.
“The standoff almost led to a big clash between the security officers and the Tibetana, as security officers called in additional reinforcements from the County PAP,” TCHRD said. “It was only after the intervention by the heads and respected lamas of Adhue Monastery that the tense standoff was resolved.”
Although the marchers dispersed at the request of the lamas, they continued to press for the release of detained Tibetans by announcing a farming boycott movement.
Tibetan residents of Adhue Thawa Village refused to farm their fields as a sign of solidarity with the Tibetans who self-immolated, to express their pain and disapproval of the crackdown on Tibetan protesters in Adhue village, and their continued detention in official custody.
On April 14, many Tibetans were beaten and arrested for protesting official corruption by security officers in Adhue village. A large number of Tibetans had to be hospitalised although most of them have now been discharged, TCHRD said.
Following the protest march and farming boycott movement, seven Tibetans were released on May 5 after they were made to attend ‘patriotic re-education’ sessions for three days in the township
You can learn more about the Tibet situation by following the Canada Tibet Committee website. It also has details about Project Tibet, whereby 1000 Tibetans currently in exile and at risk in Northern India, will be sponsored and resettled in Canada. We already have 3, possibly 4 groups formed in our community of the Sunshine Coast, part of the Vancouver, BC area.
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