On November 22, 2010 hundreds of Tibetans attempted to stop mining works from a government-owned mining department, approaching a rich mining site near Lingka Monastery in Tamo, a town located in copper rich Shethongmon district in Shigatse . The protesters, the monks from Lingka Monastery and general public in Tamo, blocked the mining work despite different tactics to lure them by the officials from the mining firm and local administration .
As the protesters tried to stop the mining work, the officials of the mining department and local government attempted to cajole them to continue the extraction work. But the general public did not give into the cunning tricks and they continued to express their opposition to the mining work from 22 November till 18 December .
The local government of Shethongmon sent riot police to disrupt the demonstrations, which led to verbal confrontation between the police and the protesters. The police, who were outnumbered by the protesters, tried in vain to be gentle to disperse them. Later, a large contingent of public security bureau and armed personnel were sent from Shigatse to crackdown on the protesters and to disrupt the peaceful protest .
Consequently many Tibetans were severely beaten and 15 Tibetans including 5 monks of Linka monastery were arrested by the Chinese police and several others injured in a crackdown on Tibetan protesters, reported the website of the Tibetan government in exile based here and just two were released  .
A Chinese court on March 2012 confirmed the imprisonment of monks' group: prison terms of 4–5 years were given to 49-year-old Sangpo, who is the abbot of Lingka monastery, along with five other monks. Moreover, the head of the village has been sentenced to 2 years in jail for dereliction of duty on the day of the protest .
Such cases of forcible mineral extraction by the Chinese government against the will of the Tibetan people is not new in Shigatse. (See less)