Chinese authorities in Tibet’s Zatoe County have removed three Tibetan officials from their posts for their involvement in anti-mining protest. The fired Tibetans were elected to the posts by the local Tibetans.
According to Kunchok Dhundup, a Tibetan with close contacts in the region, Chinese authorities summoned Tibetans in the region for a meeting on September 16, and announced their decision to expel Khetsa Soetop, Gyaltsen and Budhag from their jobs.
The same source also said that the Chinese authorities accused the Tibetans of engaging in “separatist” activities.
Following the Tibetans’ removal from their posts, other Tibetan officials in Zachen have also quit their jobs.
In August, Thousands of Tibetans took part in a major protest against Chinese mining activities in Gedrong Zatoe County, Kham, Eastern Tibet. Around 500 Chinese miners arrived in Zatoe County’s various townships for mining works which the locals alleged was “illegal”.
Later, Hundreds of Chinese armed forces clashed with Tibetan protesters in Gedrong Zatoe in Eastern Tibet reportedly injuring many Tibetans.
A Tibetan man also tried to kill himself during the protests against China’s illegal mining.