Hundreds of Tibetans in a county in China’s Gansu province staged protests this week over the seizure of farm land for the construction of highways catering to state-linked gold mining and industrial activities that are polluting the environment and destroying livestock, according to sources in the area.
Unfurling huge banners criticizing what they called Chinese encroachment of local Tibetan land, the Tibetans gathered on March 16 and 17 to voice their opposition to the highway projects in Sangchu (in Chinese, Xiahe) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the sources said.
During the protests in the Hortsang township, they claimed that the authorities did not pay any compensation for their land, the loss of which has affected their livelihood, adding that several protesters had been detained.
“Displaying huge banners, the local Tibetans protested for about two days,” a Tibetan in Hortsang told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “Some officials arrived from Sangchu county office and detained a few Tibetans.”