Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Wed 03, Sep 2014 10:12 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Tibetans commemorate 54th Democracy Day
President Xi likely to talk status of Tibetan government with India
Two more Tibetans arrested in Denma town
Senior Tibetan Lama spotted in poor health in prison:Tibetan right group
13 yr old boy dies 6 days after electrocution
TYC expels executive members of eight regional chapters
Tibetan nun arrested in Golog
Meeting on Basic Education Policy concludes
A pregnant wife of a deceased man hangs self to death
China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gestures as he arrives in McLeod Ganj from Germany, Aug. 28, 2014/Phayul Photo/Kunsang Gashon
Tibetan exiles participate in a candle light vigil to pay tribute to the 5 Tibetans who died of injury sustained  in a firing on unarmed protesters demanding the release of a local chief of Shukpa village on Aug. 12. McLeod Ganj, August 20, 2014/Phayul Photo:Kunsang Gashon
Rescue workers gather around a mangled remains of a bus that plunged down a deep gorge on a mountain pass near Machu County. The bus was plying from Machu County to Tsoe town.  8 people have died, and 20 others were injured. Aug. 7, 2014/Tibet Times
more photos »
Advertisement
Tibetan shot dead in anti-mining protest in Markham
Phayul[Thursday, August 16, 2012 16:04]
Tibetan protesters surrounded by Chinese security personnel during an anti-mining protest in Namling, Shigatse, Tibet. (File photo)
Tibetan protesters surrounded by Chinese security personnel during an anti-mining protest in Namling, Shigatse, Tibet. (File photo)
DHARAMSALA, August 16: Chinese security personnel have shot dead a Tibetan man for taking part in an anti-mining protest in the Markham region of southeast Tibet. The reports come after a tense couple of weeks in Tibet which witnessed five self-immolations and the death of a Tibetan protester.

According to reports, around a thousand Tibetans on Wednesday marched to the mining site in Markham, protesting the large-scale operations, which they said was environmentally hazardous.

Chinese security personnel responded by firing tear gas and live rounds on the protesters, leading to the death of the Tibetan male identified as Nyima and the arrest of six others.

Lobsang Palden, an exile monk in South India, while citing sources in the region, told US based radio service RFA that Nyima was killed by Chinese gunfire at the mining site.

"He was surrounded by the security forces, and none of the Tibetans could approach him," Palden told RFA. "Many other protesters ran away into the forest to hide and have not returned home."

Dawa, Atsong, Phuntsog Nyima, Jamyang Wangmo and Kelsang Yudron have been identified as five of those six detained protesters.

According to reports, mining activities in the region was forced to shut down after thousands of local Tibetans led a protest earlier this year.

Markham (Ch: Mangkang), traditionally part of Kham Province, has seen regular anti-mining protests over the years.

In 2009, hundreds of Tibetan villagers in the region resisted gold mining at Ser Ngol Lo, considered sacred by the residents. The protests then had gone on for many months, successfully blocking the mining activities.

A year later, following China’s resumption of mining operations, local Tibetans renewed protests which led to injuries and detention of several Tibetans.

Last year, Beijing’s point man in Tibet said that the Chinese government will explore Tibet's minerals in an “intensive way” in the coming five years.

Zhang Qingli, the then Tibet party secretary had noted that “little exploration” has been done so far on Tibet’s “abundant mine reserves”.

"We have to accelerate exploration to know what we have before planning how to make use of it," Zhang added.

In November last, the Qinghai Land and Resources Department announced plans invest nearly 18 billion Yuan ($2.82 billion) in the coming five years to exploit minerals in eastern Tibet.

The Department said that it aims to earn revenue of 17.9 billion Yuan within five years for excavating coal, iron, gold, potassium salt, copper, lead, zinc and cobalt.

According to China’s official statistics, the Tibetan plateau has China's largest chromium and copper reserves with most of its rich iron, gold, silver, potassium, oil, and natural gas reserves unexploited.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
GREED! (Tseta)
karma (omze)
Your Comments

 Other Stories
CTA holds prayer service for Tibetan self-immolators
Tibetan sentenced for parading photo of the Dalai Lama, Another for sheltering him
Tibetan shot dead in anti-mining protest in Markham
Thoughts about the Olympic Medal Tally and the Self-Immolation Crisis in Tibet
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2014 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement