NEW YORK, December 6, 2016 – Following protests on November 16, 20 Tibetans have reportedly been detained following a peaceful protest against damming in Yangdro village in Dechen County in Southeastern Tibet. This is happening just weeks after China was re-elected onto the Human Rights Council at the U.N. The local villagers were beaten by armed personnel after they obstructed vehicles fearing their village would be submerged following the dam construction, according to reports and footage from Free Tibet.
Pema Yoko, Interim Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, said, “We condemn the crackdown and arrests of Tibetan protesters in Dechen County and call for their immediate release. We also urge world governments to work together to stand up against this kind of militarized police and violent oppression.” Damming in Tibet has severe consequences for the environment, locals and neighbouring countries, as Tibet is considered the ‘Third Pole’ of the Earth due to its rich glacial topography.
For further information:
Urgyen Badheytsang, Students for a Free Tibet: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 358 0071
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