Chinese nationals display banners of protest from across the Indus river, near the Line of Actual Control as Indian villagers celebrate Dalai Lama’s birthday in Demchok in eastern Ladakh.
According to Urgain Tsewang, the village head of Koyul (Kakjung), one of the last settlements in the Demchok sector, the Chinese, comprising of Army personnel and civilians, came in five vehicles down unpaved roads and raised the banners 200 metres from a community centre where the Dalai Lama’s birthday was being celebrated. The incident occurred around 11 a.m. on the 6th of July at Dola Tamgo in Koyul village along the Indus river.
Urgain Tsewang stated, “We don’t understand Mandarin. They had scribbled something on the banner. They stood there for about half an hour. The land where they stood and protested on the Dalai Lama’s birthday is our land. It belongs to India.”
The developments come in the backdrop of a continuing deadlock in the talks at various levels to resolve the ongoing military stand-off in eastern Ladakh. While the first phase of disengagement at Pangong Tso was completed in February, efforts to work out an agreement for the second phase of disengagement at Gogra and Hot Springs have been held up. Other frictions areas at Demchok and Depsang still remain.