After the images spread worldwide, and their origin became known to authorities in the tightly-controlled, tense, post-protest environment in Tibet, Kyizom says, military forces invaded the monastery, confiscated all communications tools, and detained nearly 600 monks in political retaliation.
Kyizom works as a radio producer for Tibet Connection, and is a trainer with the Active Nonviolence Education Center in the Northern Indian town of Dharamshala, also home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.
A partial transcript of Kyizom's account after the jump, and links to reports on further protests, mass detentions, and new pressure on Tibetans to denounce the Dalai Lama as the crackdown intensifies.
Update: Nathan Freitas says, "The unfortunate aftermath of the incidents your video covered...."
Two monks commit suicide in Amdo Ngaba
According to confirm information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), two monks committed suicide in Amdo Ngaba (Ch: Aba) as a direct result of relentless oppression by the Chinese security forces after the series of peaceful protests.
Update 2: Chinese military police killed 8 Tibetans today, after shooting on hundreds of Tibetan monks and villagers in a monastery:
Witnesses said the clash â€“ in which dozens were wounded â€“ erupted late last night after a government inspection team entered a monastery in the Chinese province of Sichuan trying to confiscate pictures of the Dalai Lama.Link (thanks Oxblood)
Officials searched the room of every monk in the Donggu monastery, a sprawling 15th century edifice in Ganzi, southwestern Sichuan, confiscating all mobile phones as well as the pictures.
When the inspectors tore up the photographs and threw them on the floor, a 74-year-old monk, identified as Cicheng Danzeng, tried to stop an act seen as a desecration by Tibetans who revere the Dalai Lama as their god king
Thousands of black and green uniformed Chinese security forces entered 6 monasteries in Amdo in North-Eastern Tibet (Sichuan province) (...) The security forces raided each monkâ€™s room and confiscated all means of communication with the outside world, including cell phones.Link to additional updates on reported protests and mass detentions in Tibet since this interview was taped [source: International Campaign for Tibet].
The monks were interrogated and were forced at gunpoint to step on photographs of the Dalai Lama.
The security forces staged and videotaped the following scenes of the Kirti Monastery monks in their rooms. They forced some monks to hold up a portrait of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan national flag A small monk was forced to hide half his body underneath the wooden floorboards and made to place his hands on the keyboard of a lap top computer.
One of the monks managed to make a secret phone call to the Kirti monks in Dharamsala, India. The monk in Tibet said:
â€œI am worried that the CCP is creating false evidence to try to show that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the mastermind behind the protests in Tibet. The security forces forced us to act out these scenes against our will with guns pointed at us. I appeal to the people of the world, do not be persuaded by these fake videosâ€
From March 28 to March 30 2008, around 572 monks including 10 year old monks of Kirti Monastery have been arbitrarily arrested. On March 29th around 17 monks of TAKSTNG LHAMO KIRTI MONASTERY in Dzoege county of Sichuan Province were arbitrarily arrested On the morning of March 30th 80 PRC staff members with security forces raided the monkâ€™s rooms of the same monastery. They confiscated knives, arrows, and antique guns that were on display in the chapel of the monastery's protector deity.
These items are ancient traditional offerings to the protectors, and symbolize the overcoming of obstacles and negative emotions.
The monks are concerned that these items are being mis- represented in the propaganda of the PRC and its mouthpiece Xinhua on 30/30/08 as being evidence of monks taking up arms. Xinhua reported that there were other weapons along with the afore-mentioned items, which the monks claim is completely fabricated.
Nobody knows the whereabouts of the monks who were arrested.
* BBtv Vlog (Xeni): Tibet's uprising and the internet.