Death toll increases in Kardze as three more Tibetans die of untreated wounds after shooting

Three more Tibetans died of untreated wounds after paramilitary troops fired upon unarmed Tibetans in Kardze, the Tibetan area of Kham, last week. (ICT report, Tibetans with wounds after shooting denied medical treatment: deployment of military leads to mass detentions in village in Kham) This follows the death of two other Tibetans held in custody, one of whom committed suicide, while the other died of untreated wounds.

The three Tibetans who died at the detention centre in Loshu (Chinese: Luoxu) in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi,) were identified by exile Tibetan sources as Tsewang Gonpo, 60; Yeshe, in his early forties, and Jinpa Tharchin, who was 18. Their bodies were returned to their families earlier this week.

A Tibetan living in India, Demay Gyaltsen, told Radio Free Asia: “They were refused medical care and had been tortured by the Chinese authorities.” (RFA, Three More Detained Tibetan Protesters Die From Gunshot Wounds).

ICT has not been able to confirm the type of ammunition used by the paramilitary police (People’s Armed Police) who fired upon the unarmed, peaceful crowd in Kardze. While it is likely that live ammunition was not used, ‘anti-riot’ rounds or similar projectiles are still capable of causing serious injury and death, directly exacerbated by the withholding of medical treatment.

 

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