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Tibetans condemn China's crackdown on anti-mining protesters

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, August 23, 2013
First Published: 21:01 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:02 IST(23/8/2013)

The Tibetan Parliament in-exile has condemned the Chinese government's crackdown on Tibetans protesting against illegal mining in Zatoe region of Yushul in eastern Tibet last week, which reportedly left hundreds of Tibetans severely injured.

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“We are deeply concerned over China's systematic and rampant exploitation of mineral resources and environment. The Chinese government completely tramples upon the Tibetan people's religious sentiments and their deep respect for environment,” the Tibetan Parliament in-exile said in a statement issued here.

The Parliament alleged that the mining operations in Tibet were being carried out in complete violation of the laws on environmental protection stipulated in the Chinese constitution.

Maintaining that Tibet's environment affects billions of people in Asia, including China, the Parliament in its statement urged the international community, including world governments, to press the Chinese government to end destruction of Tibet's ecology.

According to the Tibetan government in-exile's reports, several hundred Tibetans were injured and one reportedly committed suicide, after Chinese security forces used tear gas and rampant beating to disperse thousands of Tibetans protesting against diamond mining last Friday.

“The local Tibetans complained that the mining activities trigger environmental problems and are carried out without sanctions from the central government,” the exiled government had reported.

It alleged that China's large-scale exploitation of mineral resources in Tibet has led to sustained socio-economic and environmental problems and massive influx of Chinese migrant workers into Tibetan areas depriving Tibetans of employment opportunities.


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