In north eastern Tibet, students from Senior Tibetan High School demonstrated against destructive mining in the prefecture Golog ( in chinese Guoluo ), in Qinghai region.
In fact on July 2011, over 400 students marched on a 60 kilometres to the site of a copper mine in Dawu, named Deerni Copper Mine. They later staged a sit-in at the county government offices. Police forced the students to disperse although no arrests were made. News of the protest was reported by the Tibet Times and Voice of Tibet Radio. Photo of the protest was sent from Golog to sources in exile and later posted on Chinese social networking websites. Although promptly taken down, the photo attracted dozens of supportive comments.  In response, the Central Government ordered an investigation according to the logic that this could not be just an environmental protection issue, but must have had some other ethnic reasons behind that. Later an investigation discovered some papers printed with the statement “You must speak Tibetan”, in reference to a movement that has spreads across the Tibetan territory since 2009 among Tibetan to speak pure Tibetan. Therefore government officials declared the demonstration like a political act, rejecting the local displeasure with mining and its consequences on environmental.  Which was the real reason about the students march maybe couldn’t be so important. In fact of course the copper mine in Dawu affected the environment, and the farmers declare in the area the water pollution from mining have caused livelihood death and human diseases. Moreover for the Tibetan culture the Amnye Machen montain in Golon is one of the most important sacred mountains in the Plateau and the local inhabitants were against the copper mining since has been built in the mid-2000s. In this area, the source of Yellow river, gold is excavated for hundreds of square kilometres and local people oppose this because they believe that the sacred mountain has many hidden treasures, and when the treasure is removed from the ground, the spirit of the mountain will disappear. The communities wouldn’t offend the mountain’s spirit digging the Deerni Copper Mine, but they can’t do anything to stop other people doing that  Students protests have spread across the Tibet, especially on 2011, when culminated with vast protests for language freedom in October of the same year. Students both in and outside Tibet are utilizing the power of nonviolent resistance and continue to be at the forefront of the Tibetan freedom struggle, that of course is a political fight linked with the environmental issue .