Video shot on Wednesday, February 11, eight days before Losar, the Tibetan Royal New Year, show troops from what appears to be both the PLA and Security Police arriving in Ngaba Township.
Ngaba and other Tibetan communities in the region have been under virtual Marshall Law since 2008, with controls on people’s movement, security checkpoints for restricting entry by outsiders, and heightened presence of security and re-education teams deployed in monasteries.
The Tibetan New Year, traditionally a time for family gatherings, celebrations and religious festivities has in recent years become a highly tense period in Tibet because of coercive efforts by the Chinese authorities to control how and when Tibetans celebrate their New Year. When certain communities chose to not celebrate Losar in certain years as a sign of mourning for the dead, missing, and imprisoned due to security crackdowns on peaceful protest, both incentives and coercive threats were issued by local authorities to force the communities to hold the celebrations and to put on a shows joy and happiness. A decision taken not to celebrate Losar by people in the Tibetan town of Kham Drango (in today’s Sichuan province) in 2012, resulted with Chinese security forces firing into crowds, injuring over 30 people and killing at least one.
Such policies and actions by the Chinese rulers in Tibet have heightened Tibetan resentment that culminate especially during Tibetan cultural holidays, important historical dates, and major religious festivals which account for the annual increased show of force in Tibetan regions .