Tibetan monks at Kirti monastery in eastern Tibet are in danger – and need your help.
As Beijing intensifies its sweeping crackdown on dissent, Chinese troops in Tibet are on the verge of "disappearing" hundreds of monks.
Tibetan monks in Dharamsala, India have received an urgent call for help from Ngaba County (Chinese: Aba County). They are reporting that Chinese troops attempted to storm Kirti monastery this morning. According to reliable sources, residents fear Chinese authorities are planning to forcibly remove all monks between the ages 18 and 40.
Local Tibetans, being alerted to the troops' arrival, rushed to block the monastery entrance. The armed police and soldiers tried to break through the crowd by beating the Tibetans and setting police dogs on them. In spite of the violent attacks, the Tibetans stood their ground and the troops failed to enter the monastery's inner gates. As of now, the standoff continues.
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Tibetans fear Chinese authorities are planning to transfer the monks from the monastery into local prisons where they will be subjected to China's repressive political "reeducation".
Tension in Ngaba has been high since the self-immolation of Phuntsok Jarutsang (pictured right), a 20-year monk from Kirti Monastery, on March 16, 2011. Chinese forces have been stationed around Kirti Monastery for weeks and more than a dozen monks have been arbitrarily arrested.
According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy as of yesterday, troops had completely sealed off the monastery. The monks' dwindling food supplies are prompting fears of starvation in the monastery. The lives of many Tibetans are at stake.
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Let's work together to end the siege at Kirti monastery, and to protect the monks and local Tibetans who are defending the monastery.
In hope and solidarity,
Tendor, Kate, Tendolkar, Mary-Kate, Stef, Tentsetan and all of us here at SFT HQ
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