Around 15 Tibetans arrested for protesting layoff from govt. job

Samstag, 09.04.2016, 21:04 Uhr | Kategorie(n): News Allgemein, Widerstand in Exil

DHARAMSHALA, April 9: Around 15 Tibetan government employees have been detained in Machu County following a protest by them against the local authorities to review the decision of their sacking.

According to media reports, the protesters with their faces covered carried a banner that reads ‘Stop outsiders, it needs to change, must achieve common good. Not done any political opposition,” conveying their objection to recruitment of people from outside the county.

“They had asked for a review of the decision to lay them off from their jobs,” a source told RFA on condition of anonymity.

The source also added that instead of heeding to their request, the local Chinese authorities arrested them and took them to a jail or detention center in Machu.

The detained Tibetans had held low-level post in various government departments including the forestry department for the past three to four years.

“After they had worked hard in those departments during that time, the Machu county government issued an order ending their employment on the excuse that they lacked the right qualifications for their jobs,” the source said alleging corruption and favoritism in the hiring of replacements.

The source revealed that some replacements were from outside the county with connections to influential county officials and the rest were under qualified for the jobs with only elementary school education.

“Some candidates were also hired who had paid others to sit for examinations in their place,” he added.

In the past, Tibetans have protested against the malpractices in allotment of government jobs or entrance exams for government jobs.

On December 28, 2014, hundreds of Tibetan students and their parents gathered outside the government office premises in Luchu County in Kanlho to protest against an alleged malpractice in an entrance exam for the government job. Similarly, on July 2006, dozens of ethnic Tibetans staged protests outside government offices in Xining, Qinghai province accusing authorities of favoritism and discrimination in filling the few jobs available.

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