UPDATE: On March 16th, Phunsok, a 21-year old monk from Kirti monastery in Amdo Ngaba, eastern Tibet (Ch: Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) lit himself on fire prompting a major protest by up to 1,000 monks and lay people. Chinese forces have flooded the town and have surrounded Kirti monastery. Several Tibetans were reportedly detained. Read SFT’s summary of the incident(including a quote from Tenzin Dorjee, SFT’s Executive Director),
- Call your Embassy in China: Alert them to this incident and urge them to press the Chinese government to respect the right of Tibetans to peaceful protest.
- Call Chinese authorities in Sichuan: Demand the immediate release of those detained and for them to uphold the basic rights of Tibetans.
- Call the Chinese Embassy in your country: Tell them that people worldwide are watching the situation in Ngaba, Tibet closely and demand the release of all those detained in the protest.
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