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New images and video of Tibetans being detained in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
[19 December] Rare video footage and photos of Tibetans being detained following the protests in Lhasa in March 2008 have been smuggled out of Tibet and published online.

The Tibetan government in exile has released video footage of Tibetans being detained by Chinese armed police and paramilitary troops in 2008. The 22-minute video shows eight Tibetans being detained from their homes in Dogde township near Lhasa. All the detainees were suspected of involvement with the protest on 11 March in Lhasa, which was led by monks from Sera monastery and nuns from Chusang nunnery. The footage depicts the large scale of operations implemented by the Chinese authorities to apprehend suspects linked to the 2008 protests. Though it is not clear what happened to those in the video, over the subsequent months sentences were handed down ranging from three years to life for involvement in the protests.

Note: International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has provided detailed information on the video footage, identifying the Tibetans being detained and providing background details and context. Click here to view ICT's report.

A series of eight images, also from 2008, has been released on (a Chinese news website based outside of China). The images show monks and laypeople being taken away by armed police. The monks have placards around their necks which state their 'splittist' activities. The location of soome of the photos have been identified as Ngaba in Sichuan province, eastern Tibet. Click here to see all eight photos.

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Further reading: ICTTibetan Government in (in Chinese)

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