The first incident took place in Donla Rido, in Buru county in early September. Dayang, a 78-year old man, was arrested after shouting separatist slogans demanding a free Tibet and the departure of the Chinese. After several days of detention, he was transferred to a hospital. Sources confirmed to me that his body showed signs of abuse. [He was sentenced to two years and five months of prison].
Then, in late September, in the village of Mowa, also in Biru county, residents revolted when the authorities ordered them to hang up Chinese flags in front of each house. The villagers decided to throw their flags into the river instead. Soldiers were immediately dispatched to crush the protest. The latest news, according to my sources, is that they are surrounding most of the houses in the village. Not a single photo of Mowa has been shared, but the incident has had a ripple effect, prompting thousands of people to protest in the city of Biru. The movement has been particularly strong within the university.
Police in the city of Biru.
According to our Observer’s contacts, this is a student gathering in Biru supporting the Mowa protesters.
Then, this past Sunday, a big protest took place in Dathang, yet again in Biru county, to support Dorjee Draktsel, who had protested against the Chinese flags and was arrested the prior evening. Protesters gathered in front of a local government building, but law enforcement officers shot into the crowd. Several people were injured, and between one and three people were killed [this information was not confirmed by other sources]. As for Dorjee Draktsel, no one has heard from him since his arrest.
Biru county is now completely overrun by the police, and entering or leaving is nearly impossible. Furthermore, the authorities have cut off telephone and Internet access. The last person with whom I had contact was in the neighbouring Nangchu prefecture.