Middle School Student Shot Dead in Ngaba County, Tibet
Middle School Student Shot Dead in Ngaba County, Tibet

The body of a girl shot dead in the Ngaba County protest on March 16 was identified as Lhundup Tso, 16 year-old-girl and a student of Ngaba County Tibetan School, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

On March 16, 2008, around a few thousands Tibetans erupted into a spontaneous protest following the morning prayer session at Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County by shouting slogans calling for “Tibet Independence,” “Return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet,” and “Freedom for Tibet.” The demonstration was later joined by common citizens of Ngaba County and headed towards Ngaba County government headquarters.

At least 23 people including the 16-year-old student, Lhundup Tso, were confirmed dead after Chinese Armed police shot many rounds of live ammunition into the protestors at Ngaba County (Ch: Aba Xian), Ngaba “TAP”, Sichuan Province on March 16. The names of those identified are, Tashi Wangchuk, Ghegyam, Norbu, Lotse, Ghepan Thalo, Ngudrup Tso, Atisha, Sangye, Tsezin and identities of others were not yet known.

Lhundup Tso, a 16 years-old was born to Mr. Jigshe (father) and Mrs. Sherab Tsomo, a.k.a Shetse (Mother). She was a brilliant student at Ngaba County Tibetan School, Ngaba County, Ngaba “TAP”, Sichuan Province.

The present situation in Ngaba County, in particular, is known to be very tense following mass protests in the past few days which saw deaths and injuries of scores of Tibetan in the peaceful demonstration. More reinforcement from the Mainland China has been sent into the area to check the further spread of protests into neighboring counties and to bring the situation under tight control.

According to TCHRD, at least 70 Tibetans were known to have been killed since the March 14 protest in Lhasa led by the monks of Ramoche Temple. And the number of dead and injured are likely to go up as more incidents of protests and armed police violent crackdown on protesters are surfacing from various parts of Tibet. The Centre will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update as and when more information surfaces from the region.

TCHRD condemns in strongest terms the Chinese security forces' brutal use of force on the peaceful Tibetan demonstrators and is deeply disturbed by the imposition of intense and severe restriction on the movements of the Tibetan people, severely affecting their daily lives, denying immediate access to food, fresh drinking water, and other basic and essential necessities to sustain life. TCHRD conceives that the ongoing severe restriction inside Tibet has all the elements of 'Martial Law in Disguise'.

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