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Press Release: School Students Demonstration in Labrang County

April 27, 2009

Press Release
April 24, 2009

A group of Tibetan school students staged a
demonstration around 8 a.m. today morning in
Labrang (Ch: Xiahe) County, Gannan ?Tibet
Autonomous Prefecture?, Gansu Province, according
to reliable information received by the Tibetan
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

The students started off the demonstration from
their school, Xiahe Tibetan Middle School, and
headed towards the county market area raising
slogans. Reportedly the local Public Security
Bureau (PSB) stopped the students in the
outskirts of the main market area. According to
sources on the ground, the students were driven
back to the school and a strong contingent of
Public Security Bureau Personnels and People's
Armed Police have surrounded the school barring
anyone to go in or come out. The parents of the
students have been summoned at the school. The
students reportedly demonstrated against the
authorities false practice of granting reserved
seats for higher education meant for the Tibetan
students to the Chinese students.? The TCHRD will
continue to monitor the situation and will issue
updates as further details become available.

Monk arrested

In another information received from the area, a
36-year old monk, Kelsang Gyatso, of the Labrang
TashiKhyil Monastery has been arrested by the
police on 13 April 2009. Kelsang was part of the
group of monks who defiantly briefed a state
managed media tour to the area on 9 April 2008.

Kelsang was lifted by a group of police officers
waiting in a vehicle while he was travelling from
Labrang to Martsoed City in the morning of 13
April 2009. His current whereabout is unknown.
Two monks, Thabkhey and Tsundue of Labrang
Monastery who were also part of the monks
briefing the media tour last year and who
dissappeared soon after the daring act are still reported to be missing.
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