Following the massive deployment of Chinese army and subsequent arrests of 5 more Tibetans for staging demonstrations in Lithang county today, Wednesday, normal life in the region was seriously affected.
The Lithang County Public Security Bureau and People's Armed Police detained five more Tibetans along with 15 other known Tibetans who staged a peaceful protest demonstration in Lithang on 16 February 2009 and were brutally beaten, manhandled at the site of the demonstration before being forcibly loaded into military trucks, reported the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy citing reliable sources. “The shops and restaurants remain closed yesterday following the peaceful protest in Lithang town.
The vehicular traffic movement between Lithang and Bathang was brought to a grinding halt after the protest and subsequent deployment of massive troops into the areas to check further Tibetan protest," sources added. The number of Tibetans arrested has risen to 21.
Information for this report was provided by Tibetnet and Phayul.