Thanks to the immense courage of local Tibetans who take a genuine risk in making such information available reports have emerged during the past few days of Tibetans living in Rebgong རེབ་གོང་, རེབ་ཀོང་ located within Amdo region of occupied Tibet being subjected to intensified oppression. With movements restricted, increased surveillance and musicians and beggars banned from streets. These measures are a response from China’s regime to suppress any show of dissent against its illegal and violent rule, particularly during the month of March, which on previous occasions has witnessed Tibetan uprisings and mass protests.
Let’s get this right from the get go! It’s global knowledge that China is run on two principle operations, the generation of fear and corruption. Arguably the latter has more impact and effect, but that’s a story for another time. For now we’re going to highlight a case where these factors combine, one giving rise to the other. To begin let’s take you to the eastern region of Amdo, Tibet, to an area near the border with Southern Mongolia. At this location is situated a vast lake called in Tibetan Tso Ngonpo (Koko Nor in Mongolian).
Like every area in which China’s toxic presence has been felt since Tibet was invaded in 1950 its environment has suffered the impacts of mass tourism, mining and unregulated fishing. Now we need to take a short diversion here. For Tibetans fish are not regarded as a food resource, but a sentient life that’s respected and considered something like a water spirit. Especially those living in the sacred waters of Tso Ngonpo.
Image: made available by courageous Tibetans in occupied Tibet
Imagine then the profound sense of sadness and concern for Tibetans seeing, not only the once pristine shores of the lake become trashed by the unending flow of Chinese tourists and colonizers, but also witnessing the large scale nettting of fish. Despite the propaganda claims that Tibet’s is being protected this is tolerated by the occupying Chinese regime, whose local officials benefit from financial inducements!
With immense courage some Tibetans are taking direct action against this fishing, yet when they confiscate nets and hand them over to occupying Chinese officials it is they who face arrest!
In that tragic land, once a free and peaceful nation, reports today of a Tibetan who self-immolated in protest of China’s illegal and violent occupation of Tibet. Details are few at the time of this post. A Tibetan youth, named as Dhorbo, set himself ablaze on November 4 2018 in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet’s Amdo region self-immolation.
Image: courtesy of the bravery of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet
Thanks to those immensely courageous Tibetans for getting news of this to the wider world.
Where would we be without the lithium-powered technology which has become such a feature of daily life for millions around the planet. If you are a Tibetan witnessing the poisoning of your land, water and air such a question must seem a touch self-interested and callous. For in the scramble to profit from the lithium market Chinese mineral and mining companies are transforming Tibetan areas such as that around Golmud in Amdo region into toxic wastelands. Tibet and its people are paying a very heavy price for technology which have become such a social and economic necessity in the laughingly named developed world.
UPDATE: Now confirmed that a sixteen year-old Tibetan male, named as Mr Chagdor Kyab from Bora Amdo, self-immolated in the vicinity of the local monastery, shouting, (according to a source quoted by Radio Free Asia) “Tibet wants freedom” and “Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama come back to Tibet” while engulfed by flames, It remains unclear if he survived, as he was swiftly taken away by Chinese paramilitary.
A report from VOA Tibetan today confirmed that an as yet unidentified Tibetan man self-immolated on May 2nd in Bora, a town within Tibet’s Amdo region. According to sources he was swiftly taken away, leaving it is reported people in the town unaware that the protest took place. We shall post further details as they emerge.