Tibetan monk shot, others injured at birthday prayers for the Dalai Lama

Phayul.com reports that “A Tibetan monk is in critical condition and several others, including a brother of a self-immolator, have been severely injured after Chinese security forces opened fire and used tear gas to disperse a crowd gathered to mark the 78th birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tawu region of eastern Tibet.” The full story can be found here. (Note: link opens in new window; contains graphic images.)

In response to this, Mandie McKeown of the International Tibet Network suggests that concerned groups contact Foreign Minstries and Beijing Embassies. Details on how to do this follow.

McKeown says that, in contacting Foreign Ministries and Beijing Embassies one should:

Explain that reports just surfacing from Tibet state that:
- Chinese security services opened fire on a crowd of Tibetan monks, nuns and lay people, that had gathered in the Tawu region of eastern Tibet on 6 July.
- The gathering was taking place to say prayers to mark the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday
- At least one monk, Tashi Sonam of Nyitso monastery, was shot in the head, and at least 2 others were also critically injured, in an utterly disproportionate use of lethal force.

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