Over a thousand students in Chabcha County in Tsolho prefecture took to the streets Monday morning around 6am, chanting slogans for equality of nationalities, freedom of language, respect for truth and establishment of new governance.
The protest appears to be a direct response to a 10-point leaflet distributed to students by the local authorities. The leaflet was perceived to be derogatory towards the individuals who have carried out self-immolation protests and against use of Tibetan language.
Today’s protest by Chabcha Tibetan Medical School students lasted for about two hours before Chinese personnel used force to break the peaceful demonstration, injuring many students
More than 20 students have been hospitalized and four are reported to have required emergency treatment. The school is under complete lock-down and security forces have sealed the area. Parents and local Tibetans outside the school have been barred from getting in touch with any students inside the school.
Chabcha has seen a mass student protest in 2010 when more than 2000 students protested against the Chinese government's plan to remove Tibetan textbooks from schools. Earlier this month, a large number of students from Rebkong County took to the streets to demand language rights and the return of the Dalai Lama.
Watch video of students marching Chabcha street while shouting slogans