Tibetans Stage Protest in Ngaba བོད་སྐད།

Reports from southwestern China say some 400 Tibetan monks and lay people have marked the beginning of Tibet's lunar year by staging a sit-in to protest the killing of Tibetan demonstrators nearly two years ago.

The protest in Sichuan province's Ngaba county took place Monday in the main market square of Ngaba town. The pro-Tibetan independence Web site www.phayul.com said demonstrators threw tsampa -- barley flour -- into the air in an expression of mourning for the Tibetan protesters killed during the widespread demonstrations that took place across Tibet in March 2008.

A religious official from the nearby Kirti monastery unsuccessfully urged the protesters to disperse. Chinese authorities later confiscated the mobile phones of people who took videos and photographs of the protest.

Ngaba has been tense since the 2008 protests

Some information for this report provided by DPA and Phaul.