Tibet : Monks stage demonstration in Sogpo
Monks from Tsang monastery south of Rebkong, participated in a protest involving hundreds of people on March 18.The monks distributed leaflets with five clear requests to the authorities, including that China and the United Nations should be accountable for Shingza Rinpoche’s life ,who is currently staging an indefinite hunger strike in New York.The monks from Tsang monastery also made a point of saying that the actions were organized only by them, and not planned or influenced by those abroad – a reference to the Chinese authorities’ claim that demonstrations and self-immolations in Tibet are master-minded by the “Dalai clique” in exile.The protest happened following the dissemination of flyers in public places around the monastery beforehand. Flyers contained publicity of the planned protest, and some reportedly warned that if anyone tried to stop the peaceful protest, then Tibetans would commit self-immolations.
At least 15 monks from Tsang monastery traveled to Sogpo town and began to march.
Hundreds of people joined the march and the protest carried on for some hours. When other monks at Tsang heard that the initial contingent of monks had been detained, more than 200 of them traveled to Sogpo to call for their release. After discussions, the group was released and all of the Tsang monks were transported back to their monastery.
No further information is known about the situation today at Tsang monastery.