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4 injured as security forces drive into crowd in Ngaba

April 6, 2009

By Kalsang Rinchen
April 5, 2009

Dharamsala, April 5 -- At least four people have
been injured after security forces recklessly
drove their vehicles into a crowd of devotees
attending a religious procession in Ngaba county, Sichuan province, on Friday.

The incident occurred during an annual procession
of Matreiya Buddha’s statue at Sey monastery in
Ngaba county, Tsering, a monk of Kirti monastery
here told phayul. This annual procession is
usually done during the great prayer festival
(monlam) which could not be held this year due to
restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities.

Residents and monks appeared unhappy with the
presence of Chinese security forces at the
religious procession which was done on Friday. A
huge crowd of Tibetan devotees and monks gathered
at the monastery where security forces arrived in
huge numbers and tried to disperse the crowd. The
security vehicles drove recklessly into the crowd
injuring at least four people, said Tsering.

The whereabouts of the injured people are
unknown, said Tsering, who further added that it
is not known if the injured people have received treatment.

The Chinese authorities had earlier put a ban on
the great prayer festival in monasteries
prompting protests. Many monasteries were put
under constant surveillance around the great prayer festival.

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