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Over 100 people were arrested after protesting the construction of a dam in the Tibetan region of Sichuan Province.
Over 100 people were arrested after protesting the construction of a dam in the Tibetan region of Sichuan Province.

Over 100 people were arrested after protesting the construction of a dam in the Tibetan region of Sichuan Province.

According to reports, over 100 Tibetan Buddhist monks and local residents from Dege County in Sichuan Province have been detained by Chinese authorities after demonstrating against a planned dam construction that would result in the destruction of six Buddhist monasteries and the displacement of villages in two townships.

Some aspects of the demonstration, which started in the middle of February, were recorded on film. The footage depicted Chinese troops in black attire holding back and shoving Tibetan monks who were speaking out against the dam project in a non-violent manner.

Kalden Lodoe and Tenzin Pema of RFA Tibetan provided an account of…

The dam has caused concerns among the local residents, leading to uncommon protests and subsequent arrests. :

Residents in Wangbuding township, located in Dege County within the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, have recently staged a protest against the proposed construction of the 2,240-megawatt Gangtuo hydropower station on the Drichu River (known as Jinsha in Chinese). This rare act of defiance began on Feb. 14 and is aimed at opposing the project, which is planned for the upper reaches of the Yangtze, a vital waterway in China.

According to sources, the construction of a hydroelectric dam was causing great distress among residents. This is because six monasteries, including the Wonto Monastery, which holds ancient murals from the 13th century, would be destroyed.

It is said that the detentions took place in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, a region with a significant number of Tibetan inhabitants. According to sources, several of the detained protestors were treated harshly and had to be hospitalized.

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After the February 14 demonstrations, the Chinese government took measures to restrict access to digital platforms and closed off major roads in the Wangbuding township, affecting both villages and monasteries.Source

The ICT has released a declaration.

I urge the Chinese officials to uphold the rights of peaceful demonstrators and avoid using force or randomly detaining them.
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Based on information from a source who is in exile and originally from Derge, the Tibetans who participated in the protests were from Wento town in Derge county. They were being forced to move to a different area near Moshoe bridge within the same county. The specific location of Moshoe bridge was unknown, but the source reported that some homes had already been constructed there for the relocated individuals.

The International Campaign for Tibet is expressing serious worry about the apparent neglect of the rights of Tibetans living in the area and the potential displacement they face due to the building of a hydropower plant. The organization is urging Chinese officials to uphold the rights of protesters who are peacefully demonstrating and to avoid using force or unjustly detaining them. Additionally, ICT is calling on the global community to pressure the Chinese government to adhere to international human rights norms.

The Chinese government continues to pursue blind and commercial infrastructure projects in Tibet that are designed and implemented without regard for environmental impacts or local community concerns. These projects, which include rail roads, highways, and power grids, combined with resource extraction projects such as hydropower dams and mining create economic and environmental costs that disproportionally impact Tibetans, ICT said. [Source]

Dege County (Derge in Tibetan) is located in the majority-Tibetan Garze (also known as Garzê and Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. In 2020, Human Rights Watch reported that Dege was one of the areas in which

The Chinese government utilized a nationwide initiative against crime to suppress peaceful forms of dissent among Tibetan citizens.:

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The meeting in Achugao to promote the campaign was documented by the official media. (Axu) township, Derge (Dege

In Sichuan County, for instance, photographs depict citizens sitting in a line on the floor while armed officers tower over them and a transport vehicle for suspected criminals is present.Videos that local authorities issue to promote the campaign
Display the evident utilization of excessive or unwarranted violence towards Tibetans, including Buddhist monks.
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Several diasporic Tibetan organizations, along with various international human rights and environmental groups, have expressed strong disapproval of the environmental policies implemented by the Chinese government in Tibet and other areas heavily populated by Tibetans. In the midst of this,

Contest for management of water and other resources.killed for peacefully expressing their beliefs.

Tibetan communities have experienced coerced displacement and destruction of residences and places of worship, as well as the consequences of pollution in the air, water, and soil. Additionally, they have faced harassment, imprisonment, harm, or death for peacefully advocating their beliefs.

Murdered for voicing disagreement towards dams

Recent years have seen an increase in environmentally disruptive infrastructure projects, including others. to monitor and control citizens

The Chinese government has increased their utilization of advanced technology to surveil and regulate their citizens.

Some methods used by the Chinese government to monitor and regulate Tibetans both inside and outside its borders include gathering and analyzing DNA, implementing digital and biometric surveillance, utilizing big data, and employing artificial intelligence.

As part of

Recently, CDT conducted a series of interviews regarding Tibet.
Sophie Beach from CDT had discussions with Tibetan advocates, authors, analysts, and academics.

Lobsang Yangtso, an Environmental Researcher for the International Tibet Network, discusses the urgent environmental crisis facing Tibet.:

There are many cases of people forcefully removed from the rivers so that the Chinese government can build dams. There is no room for public consultation; there is no room for environmental impact assessment. Such

Incidents occur in the Chamdo area.

Additionally, we can discuss the available outlets for individuals to express their thoughts and opinions. Many people have valid concerns that they would like to address, and the platform allows for this.
Environmental activists are imprisoned.

The evidence indicates that China’s global image does not align with the reality in Tibet.

The Chinese government prioritizes economic growth over environmental conservation in Tibet. Their focus is on exploiting resources from Tibet, disregarding the impact on nature and the ecosystem. In contrast, our belief in nature reserves and the sacredness of rivers has not been taken into account in policymaking. This has contributed to the overall degradation of the Tibetan environment, which is worsened by Chinese political control and colonialism.

There have been numerous instances of Tibetans being imprisoned for their efforts in protecting the environment, causing fear among their fellow Tibetans. Therefore, it is imperative for the international community to be aware of the reality of these events. This is often overlooked by international organizations, specifically environmental NGOs, who claim there is a lack of information about Tibet. However, this lack of information only highlights the fact that Tibet is under a strict authoritarian regime. Despite this, we must find a way and a solution to address these issues. Due to the lack of information, some may believe that working on environmental concerns in Tibet is futile. However, in the long run, ignoring these issues will create a significant gap and hinder any potential for positive change or understanding of the situation in Tibet.[Source]