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Mining Protest in Amchok

2016/6/2 — 12:25

Tibetans in Amchok Township in Sangchu County (ch: Xiahe) are staging a protest against mining a sacred mountain in region. Video footages and images shot on cell phones of the protest emerged from the region on May 31.

In one of the video footages, a Tibetan man in traditional dress says to the police officers standing by at the site that the mining is destroying their sacred mountain. In the images, the local Tibetans hold a red banner with white lettering, which reads: “Prevent Mining the Sacred Mountain of Gong-ngon”.

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According to the sources in the region, the local Tibetans appealed to the government to stop this mining many times in the past but the government never took their concerns into consideration and the mining has been going on for 12 years. It is not only destroying the sacred mountain itself but also the grassland where the local nomads graze their yaks and sheep.

On December 19, 2013 a middle aged monk named Tsultrim Gyatso in the same township self-immolated leaving a suicide note behind and one line in note reads: “The treasure-trove of gold and silver is being looted.”

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Seven of the 145 self-immolations in Tibet took place in this township and two of the seven, Tsering Dhondup and Kunchok Tsering, self-immolated at this very site on November 20 and November 26, 2012 respectively.          

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