Around 1,000 students, primarily from the Chabcha Sorig Lobling School, gathered for a demonstration this morning in Chabcha County, North-Eastern Tibet, which was violently broken-up by Chinese security forces.
According to the Free Tibet website, the student gathered at 5:40 a.m. local time before heading into the town of Chabcha. The students circled the area, peacefully calling for freedom until approximately 9:00 a.m., when armed Chinese security forces arrived, reports Free Tibet.
It’s still unclear what happened next, but many young students were so badly injured they were taken straight to hospital, according to Free Tibet, adding that more than 20 students were said to be hospitalized, with at least four requiring emergency treatment.
The Chabcha Sorig Lobiling School is now under a complete military lockdown and Chinese security forces have sealed off the area.
According to Free Tibet, parents have not only been refused entry, but also denied contact with the students held inside the school. Communication lines in the region have been destabilised.
Free Tibet said the protest is understood to have taken place in response to the publication of a book by the Chinese government, heavily critical of self-immolation protests and belittling the Tibetan language. It is believed the book was recently given out to students.