Residents of Sichuan in China said the Chinese authorities told Tibetans helping earthquake survivors in the area that their “help is no longer needed and to return home.”
“After the official Chinese rescue teams came in, the Tibetans who had come from nearby regions to provide help were not allowed to stay and were told by Chinese authorities to leave the area for their own safety,” a resident said.
According to reports, Tibetans living near the earthquake-hit areas responded with the immediate help of food, clothing, and shelter in tents while government rescuers arrived a few days after the earthquake had struck.
Reports said more than 25,000 residents of Barkham, a county-level city in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, were displaced by the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on June 10.
Reports also claimed that the Chinese authorities had imposed a strict clampdown on information coming from Barkham, barring residents from posting reports, pictures, or any other information about the quake.
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