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Chinese Police Fire Tear Gas on Tibetan Protesters in Ngapa, Sichuan

Chinese Police fired tear gas on Tibetan protesters in Meruma Township in Ngaba, (Chinese: Aba County, Sichuan Province) on Monday.

The protesters were demanding an end to Chinese reppression and condemning authorities pressure on local Tibetans to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Additional security forces have been deployed in the area and roads connecting Ngaba to the surrounding counties have been closed by the authorities.

On 14 January, 2012, a Tibetan woman was shot by Chinese security forces and tear gas was fired on protesters gathered following the self-immolation and death of Lobsang Jamyang, a former monk.

11 Tibetans have taken out self-immolations in Ngaba since March 2011, protesting Chinese repression in Tibet and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. 8 of the 11 individuals have died and the whereabouts of the remaining 3 who were taken into detention are unknown.