China detained and whisked 300 monks from Kirti Monastery early in the morning. Two elderly Tibetans have died in the aftermath of beatings by Chinese police as they, along with several other senior citizens, tried to stop Chinese police from taking around 300 monks to an undisclosed location Thursday.
The two have been identified as 60 year old Dhonkho of Thawa Ghongma township and 65 year old Sherkyi of the Rako Tsang house Chashang township.The two Tibetans were among 200 Tibetan civilians, mostly senior citizens who have been camping near a road close to the monastery since last Tuesday despite being threatened by Chinese soldiers to leave.
The same source said Chinese forces beat up several old people who have been camping on the roadside near the Kirti monastery to prevent Chinese forces from forcibly taking the monks. The other Tibetans were put into four goods trucks and two were taken to the army camp nearby and two to the ‘Raybong’ cemetery, said the source.
“Most of the Tibetans were released eventually but a few young people were detained. An unidentified Tibetan girl from the Nakle Losang house has reportedly gone missing since last night,” he added.