With news the past few days of Tibetans in the area of Kardze in Kham region of Tibet being subjected to mass arrests we are reminded that the tyranny waged against Tibet is ongoing. It never stopped of course, but in situ reports have been difficult to come by, as the Chinese regime tightens its military and mass-surveillance grip over Tibetans. This latest incident would never have emerged were it not for the incredible bravery of local people, who put their lives and liberty at genuine risk to leak information.
It is therefore very encouraging and heart-warming to note the response of Anonymous activists ‘Operation Tibet’ who today published a statement on this latest abuse and denial of freedom for Tibetans.
As always we applaud those taking part in such action, your active support for Tibet is deeply appreciated and very welcomed, especially in a world which is increasingly indifferent towards the plight of Tibetans. Thanks to @tibettruth for news on this and to @AnonymousTibet for sharing the video link.
In a land already suffocating under the terrorism imposed by the Chinese regime Tibetans continue to be targeted, criminalized, abused and viciously oppressed. Reports emerged today of Chinese paramilitary on the streets of Dza Wonpo, a town in occupied Tibet’s Kham region during late 2019. That the information has surfaced now is due to the complete lock-down forced upon Tibetans, daily activities are constantly monitored and recorded, informers are ever present, while the internet is under 24/7 surveillance by the Chinese authorities.
Image: made possible by courageous Tibetans inside Tibet
Under such circumstances it is remarkable that these images and report has been made available, due entirely to very courageous Tibetans from inside Tibet. From their information over thirty Tibetans were arrested and held between November 21 and December 12 2019, with a further eight people detained. Their ‘crimes’ it appears were being suspected of using the internet to contact exiled Tibetans, and possessing images of the Dalai Lama.
Image: made possible by courageous Tibetans inside Tibet
The response from the Chinese regime was typical, dispatching a massive convoy of ‘security’ vehicle and flooding the town with paramilitary troops. Such is the reality for Tibetans existing under the illegal and brutal rule of China.
Reports today from occupied Tibet that a 63 year-old Tibetan named as the Venerable Tengha, self-immolated in Kardze, Kham region of eastern Tibet, in protest against China’s vicious and illegal occupation of Tibet. Further details to come.
‘An unidentified Tibetan monk has self-immolated today in Karze, in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham. The Tibetan monk staged a self-immolation protest earlier this morning to challenge the communist regime. It further reported that local officials rushed to the scene and extinguished the flame some minutes into the protest.
The officials took charge of the charred body and carried away. No detailed information about the identity of the monk and whether he is alive or not is unavailable for now amid strict surveillance and heightened restrictions on information outflow.’ Source: Dossier Tibet
The exiled Tibetan Administration has reported that a 24-year old Tibetan man, named as Pema Gyaltsen self-immolated at around 4pm local Tibetan time, on March 18, 2017, near Tsoga monastery in Nyarong, Kham, eastern Tibet.
Image: file photo made available to CTA
According to the report: ‘The police reportedly arrived at the scene and immediately took away his charred body. A minute-long video has emerged out of Nyarong today, which shows a huge police presence at the self-immolation site. There is no further information on Pema Gyaltsen and his current condition remains unknown.’
There’s a been a number of reports coming out of Tibet’s eastern regions of Kham and Amdo about Tibetans protesting against Chinese mining corporations that are causing environmental pollution and destruction of ecology. One such company is mining for gold at a mountain considered sacred by Tibetans, now it has attracted the attention of Anonymous hacktivists who have been all over social media in the past few days to notify folks that the website of that Chinese company is to be targeted. Today our Twitter account received further information on this and what’s been called ‘Operation Goldfucker’ has been launched. Many thanks to @AnonymousTibet and @teamriddler for sharing updates on this ongoing action.
Cell phone footage of Tibetans protesting against pollution of a river near Lhagang in Kham region of occupied Tibet, increased mining by Chinese companies is having a disastrous effect upon the Tibetan environment.
Within Tibetan culture fish are considered sacred and so the poisoning of this water and the death of so many fish causes anguish, as can be heard from the protestors.
This footage was uploaded across a number of social sites by Tibetans and also featured May 6 by Voice Of America. Unfortunately VOA reports repeat and endorse Chinese propaganda claims regarding Tibetan territory and so are misleading those who know little of Tibet.
Reports today of another Tibetan self-immolation in protest against China’s illegal and violent occupation of Tibet. According to account around 4 Pm local time a Tibetan monk engulfed himself in flame in downtown Kyegudo, a town in Tibet’s Kham region.
Photo via Lobsang Jinpa
UPDATE July 10
Confirmed information that this latest Tibetan to sacrifice their life to oppose and expose the tyranny of Chinese rule in Tibet was named Mr Sonam Tobgyal, aged 26.
Breaking reports of another self-immolation this time in Tawu, Kham region of Eastern Tibet. According to the Tibet Times about 8.00 pm local Tibetan time today Mr Tenzin Gyatso said to be aged 35, and a father of four children, engulfed himself in flame to demonstrate against China’s illegal and vicious occupation of Tibet. The oppression is ceaseless and Tenzin’s town of Tawu has recently been placed under a military lock-down with Tibetans under a suffocating degree of control. At the time of writing his condition remains unclear.