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Update on Tibet, 24 June Re; Tibet Demonstrations

June 26, 2008
June 24, 2008

* 21 June 2008
Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze "TAP", Kham (incorporated into
Chinese province of Sichuan) - Protests carried out in Karze when
Olympic torch reached Lhasa

Many protests seemed to have carried out in Karze county when the
Olympic torch reached Lhasa on 21 June. Detailed information is not available.

On that day, Draghu, a youth from Khashul village in Dhado township,
Karze county, staged a pro-independence protest at the county market.
His forehead was tied with a white band reading "independence for
Tibet", and both of his cheeks were painted with Tibetan flags. While
protesting, he distributed so many pamphlets containing 9-point
demand mainly seeking that "His Holiness the Dalai Lama must be
welcomed to Tibet", "human rights in Tibet", "release all the
political prisoners", etc. The Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested
him by tying his legs and arms.

It is also reported that around 4 youths staged a peaceful protest in
Karze county on the same day. No details are available. Additional
People's Armed Police (PAP) has been deployed in Karze county.

* 18 June 2008
Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze "TAP", Kham (incorporated into
Chinese province of Sichuan) - Three monks from Beri monastery
arrested for staging a peaceful protest at Karze county government office

Lobsang Gelek (a chant master), Thang-nye (a former chant master),
and Lobsang Palden, all three monks from Beri monastery in Karze
county, were immediately arrested by the PSB when they staged a
peaceful protest in front of the county government office.

The next day on 19 June, the Chinese authorities sent their "work
teams" to provide "patriotic re-education" to the monks of Beri
monastery. However, the so-called patriotic re-education couldn't be
conducted due to opposition from the monks.
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