In the latest case to emerge, a 64-year-old woman was beaten and tortured in an ethnically Tibetan region of Sichuan province last month after protesting that her nephew, the village chief, had been taken away by Chinese soldiers.Read more...
Dawa Lhamo was one of about 25 villagers who were angry that the chief, Wangdak, had been arrested, for reportedly organizing a traditional horse festival without permission.
The villagers approached a delegation of Chinese officials visiting the province to ask for his release. Instead of dialogue, soldiers fired on the group, according to Voice of America. It is unclear if they used live ammunition or plastic rounds.
Dawa was taken to one of the many detention centers in Tibet set up by Beijing, where she was allegedly badly abused. She was eventually released in a critical condition with severe head injuries. Family members said she was unable to move or speak.