On July 7, Chinese police violently cracked down on peaceful protests by more than 100 Tibetan villagers against mining operations at local mountains. Several Tibetans were reportedly left unconscious from the beatings, and tear gas was used upon the protesters. The villagers felt that the authorities had duped them with mining operations, initially claiming that the digging in the Upper Dechung area was part of a road building initiative.
Students for a Free Tibet supports the rights of Tibetans in Yushul to decide the future of their land, and condemns Chinese authorities for their use of excessive violence. We demand justice for all protesters, and that steps are immediately taken to heed to the demands of Tibetans in the village.