Sunday, October 15, 2006

Footage of Tibet shootings

Posted by Skyler

Sergiu Matei, the Romanian climber who witnessed Tibetan refugees being shot last week at Nangpa La, has provided the world with a video of the murders. The footage, which was taken by a Romanian TV crew that accompanied Matei, can be seen at and the YouTube clip above.

Here’s a description of the video from the editors of

The video clearly depicts that the Tibetans had their backs to the soldiers, were unarmed, and offered no resistance. The nun who died, Kelsang Namtso, appears to have been shot in the back. During the shooting, a mountaineer in the cameraman’s group can be heard saying: “They are shooting them like dogs.”

The video also shows a refugee hiding out in the expedition toilet tent, as described by Serguei in his earlier dispatch. Serguei told International Campaign for Tibet: “He was terrified and shaking. I couldn’t think of what to say so I asked him if he was going to see the Dalai Lama, and when he heard those words he put his hands together in prayer. We hid him in the mess tent for several hours and when it seemed to be safe, I took him back onto the pass.”

The best information on this story can be found at:
Radio Free Asia
Students for a free Tibet


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