Peaceful students march against copper mine in Dawu, Tibet

On July 2011, over 400 students marched on a 60 km to the site of a copper mine in Dawu, and staged a sit-in at the county government offices to protest against environmental problems. The authorities declared the demonstration like a political act.


Description

In north eastern Tibet, students from  Senior Tibetan High School demonstrated against destructive mining in the prefecture Golog ( in chinese  Guoluo ), in Qinghai region.

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Basic Data
NamePeaceful students march against copper mine in Dawu, Tibet
CountryChina
ProvinceSichuan Province, Qinghai region.
SiteDawu, prefecture Golog
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral ore exploration
Specific CommoditiesCopper
Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsIn the web site Zijinmining [6] it's reported that Qinghai West Copper Company, Ltd., established in 2003, is located in Dawu town, Maqin County of Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, and the core asset is Deerni copper mine.

Deerni copper deposit was discovered in 1960s and is a large-scale polymetallic complex sulphide ores with copper, cobalt, zinc, iron, sulfur, gold, silver and other metals. Its design ore processing capacity is 8,000 tonnes per day.
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date01/07/2011
Company Names or State EnterprisesQinghai West Copper Company, Ltd. from China
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersVoice of Tibet Radio
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingNeighbours/citizens/communities
Students
Forms of MobilizationStreet protest/marches
Students staged a sit-in at the county government offices[1]
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Other[7]Rukor-admin
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseRepression
Government officials declared the demonstration like a political act, rejecting the local displeasure with mining and its consequences on environmental. [3]
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The students march shows the deep environmental awareness of Tibetan local people that it mobilizes the young population as well. Despite this, the students demonstration didn't lead to any results and it was declared by government official like a political act, rejecting the local displeasure with mining and its consequences on environmental. [3].
Sources and Materials
References

[3] Emily T. Yeh, Kevin J. O'Brien, Jingzhong YeRoutledge, Rural Politics in Contem-porary China, January 22, 2016
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[7] James Miller,Dan Smyer Yu,Peter van der Veer, Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China, Routledge, 2014

Edited by J
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Gabriel Lafitte, SPOILING TIBET: CHINA AND RESOURCE NATIONALISM ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD and Warren Smith, A COMPILATION OF A SERIES OF “EXPERT ON TIBET” PROGRAMS, For RADIO FREE ASIA in CHINA’S EXPLOITATION OF TIBET’S MINERAL RESOURCES
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Save Tibet, Dawu Dzong, 1997

https://www.savetibet.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/TOTAR_Tawu_746-797_txt+img.pdf
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Rukor-admin, Copper and gold mining in Tibet, Copper and gold mining in Tibet, Octo-ber 11, 2011
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Yonten Nyima and Emily T. Yeh, Environmental issues and Conflict in Tibet in Ben Hillman, Gray Tuttle, Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in Chi-na's West, Columbia University Press, Apr 12, 2016, p.151

Links

[4] Tibet Times
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[2] Topix.com, Student protests continue to sweep across tibet, Sep 5, 2011
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[5] Voice of Tibet Radio
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[1] Nick Gulotta, STUDENT PROTESTS CONTINUE TO SWEEP ACROSS TI-BET, Studentsforafreetibet, August 31, 2011
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[6] Zijinmining
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Other Documents

[1] Nick Gulotta, STUDENT PROTESTS CONTINUE TO SWEEP ACROSS TIBET, Studentsforafreetibet, Aug 31, 2011 Students in Golog stage sit-in at government offices.
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Flickr.com, freeyak59: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5843433682/in/photostream/ 400 brave Tibetan students from "Golog Tibetan Senior High School" in Golog, Tibet protest environmentally destructive copper mining.



Students "walked 60 kilometers" to a copper mining site near Dawu township in pro-test.



Photo showing sit-in protest (July 2011)
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Flickr.com, freeyak59: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5843433682/in/photostream/ 400 brave Tibetan students from "Golog Tibetan Senior High School" in Golog, Tibet protest environmentally destructive copper mining.



Students "walked 60 kilometers" to a copper mining site near Dawu township in pro-test.



Photo showing sit-in protest (July 2011)
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ContributorMyriam Bartolucci, EJAtlas internship researcher, [email protected]
Last update08/07/2016
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