June 8, 2016
Following days of peaceful protests, armed Chinese police beat and detained a number of Tibetan demonstrators in the Amchok region of northern Tibet. The protests, which centered on stopping open-pit mining at Gong-Ngon Lari mountain, were stopped following the release of a circular written by the township government claiming that the protests were instigated by “evil people.” Amchok township remains in a state of tight control by Chinese security forces.
Shops and restaurants were closed in Amchok, in Sangchu county, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (in the Tibetan area of Amdo), on Friday June 3, as six Tibetan protest leaders were severely beaten and subsequently hospitalized. The violence appears to have been sanctioned by the township government, which warned in a circular notification that protestors would have to “take full responsibility” for the consequences of their demonstration.