15 March 2008

More and more towns and villages protested – in Gyalthang County posters were handed out calling on all Tibetans to ‘unite and resist’ the policies of the Chinese government; “Through Happiness and Sorrow, We Stand United”. In Lithang, eastern Tibet a teacher and manager of the monastery blocked a convoy of military trucks from advancing, shouting “Free Tibet” and “Long Live the Dalai Lama”; he was later joined by other locals. Nomads from the area staged two separate protests and a large crowd of Tibetans gathered and thousands of Tibetan independence flyers scattered. In Labrang, eastern Tibet, protesters who took to the streets shouting pro-independence and “Long live the Dalai Lama” slogans were met by armed police who fired tear gas and live ammunition; a large number of protesters were arrested and beaten. In Lhasa Tibetan resistance continued to grow with multiple protests reported throughout the city despite the curfew imposed by Chinese authorities and the heavy presence of armoured military vehicles and additional contingents of paramilitary troops.