Tensions in Tibet rise after 2 killed protecting Buddhist monks Special

Posted Apr 25, 2011 by Christopher Szabo
Tensions in northern Tibet have increased to ‘critical’ levels following the beating to death of two elderly Tibetans by Chinese police after a government crackdown on a monastery where a young Tibetan monk had set himself on fire.
A Tibetan Buddhist monk at the Dalai Lama s Birthday Party in Pretoria  South Africa.
A Tibetan Buddhist monk at the Dalai Lama's Birthday Party in Pretoria, South Africa.
Kirti Monastery is in present-day Sichuan Province, which Tibetans call Amdo after the historic provinces of Tibet. Tensions rose after a young monk, Phuntsog, immolated himself on March 16, 2011 to commemorate the incidents of widespread Tibetan protest in 2008 against China’s policies in Tibet and killings by the Chinese government. Since then foreigners have been removed from the areas of Karze and Ngaba and the area has been closed.
Chinese authorities reacted to the monk’s action by sealing off the monastery and attempting to deport the approximately 300 monks. Sonam Tenzing of the Tibet Office in South Africa, which represents the Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile, described to Digital Journal what happened since then:
"Since then, the situation developed and it has come to this pass. The situation’s very tense and critical now.”
I asked what lay people in the area were doing?
“Currently, according to the latest reports that we have, the Tibetan people who are lay people, elderly, young, had been sitting and guarding the Buddhist monastery in the hope that this could prevent police from taking away the Buddhist monks.”
According to the latest information available, on the night of 21 April, two elderly members of the lay group surrounding the monastery were beaten to death by Chinese police. The names of the two Tibetans are Dongo, (60) and Sherkyi (65).
The reports from Tibet say the monks have now been deported and their current whereabouts are unknown. Tenzing went on to say:
“The Tibetan leadership in exile has appealed and called on the international community, governments and parliaments around the world to persuade the Chinese government not to use force against Tibetan people but to resolve the present crisis through addressing the grievances of the Tibetan people with an open minded (approach).
He added the Tibetan exile leadership had not heard anything from the Chinese government in response.