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Tibetan shot dead as 1,000 hold anti-mining protest PDF Print E-mail
[17 August 2012] Chinese security forces shot dead a Tibetan protestor during a mass anti-mining protest in the Tibet Autonomous Region on 15 August. At least six Tibetans were detained as the crowd of approximately 1,000 was dispersed.

A valley in KhamThe protest took place near Choeten town, Markham county (Chinese: Mangkang), Kham (now incorporated into China's Tibet Autonomous Region). Up to 1,000 local Tibetans gathered in the town and marched to a nearby mining site to express their opposition to the project which they claim will damage the environment. Chinese security forces arrived and dispersed the crowd using live ammunition and tear gas.
(Note: picture is of an example of a valley in Kham.)

According to sources quoted by Radio Free Asia, a male Tibetan named Nyima was shot dead. At least six Tibetans were detained, whilst many others escaped into the nearby forest and remain in hiding fearing arrest.

The Markham region has seen many anti-mining demonstrations, as China intensifies its exploitation of Tibet's natural resources. Last year, China's official media reported that investment in mining in the Tibet Autonomous Region would be accelerated over the next five years.

Local Tibetans believe mining operations are being undertaken without proper consideration of the effects on the local environment. Earlier this year 3,000 Tibetans took part in a demonstration in Markham which led to the temporary suspension of a mining project.

The death of Nyima is the second reported killing of a Tibetan protestor by Chinese security forces this week. On 13 August an unnamed Tibetan was beaten to death by Chinese police during a demonstration in Ngaba, eastern Tibet.

Further reading: RFA I Phayul
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