[Marxism] Fwd: Tibetans in anguish as Chinese mines pollute their sacred grasslands - The Washington Post
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Mon Dec 26 08:21:04 MST 2016
High in western China’s Sichuan province, in the shadow of holy
mountains, the Liqi River flows through a lush, grassy valley, dotted
with grazing yaks, small Tibetan villages and a Buddhist temple. But
there’s poison here.
A large lithium mine not only desecrates the sacred grasslands,
villagers say, but spawns deadly pollution. This river used to be full
of fish. Today, there are hardly any. Hundreds of yaks, the villagers
say, have died in the past few years after drinking river water.
China’s thirst for mineral resources — and its desire to exploit the
rich deposits under the Tibetan plateau — have spread environmental
pollution and anguish for many of the herders whose ancestors lived
here for thousands of years.
The land they worship is under assault, and their way of life is
threatened without their consent, the herders say.
“Old people, we see the mines and we cry,” a 67-year-old yak herder
said, requesting anonymity for fear of retribution. “What are the future
generations going to do? How are they going to survive?”
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