China opens fire during Tibetan protest

Chinese security forces opened fired on Tibetan protesters Monday in Luhuo (also known as Draggo), which is in western China, according to the New York Times. At least one person has been killed and at least 49 others were seeking medical treatment for wounds at a medical clinic operated by monks. Those who have gun shot wounds fear going to the hospital in case they are arrested.

This is the second reported shooting of Tibetan protesters in the last two weeks.  Two people were reportedly injured at that protest.

Protesters were heard calling out for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama, according to freetibet.org, which is calling for the freedom of Tibet and for self-determination.

Internet has not been banned in the area.

The citizens of China need help. They have been given a voice, but they cannot use it.

The international community needs to stand up and speak out against the injustices occurring in China. Its citizens are being severely suppressed from speaking out against the government- and from speaking at all.

China is violating essential human rights, like freedom of expression and self autonomy, and tit is about time they are held accountable by the international community!

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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