In the Wu Yug Sochen subdistrict of Namling [in Chinese, Nanmulin Xian] in Shigatse [Rikaze] prefecture, around May 21, 2010, a standoff occurred . In fact the local Tibetan community especially shepherds of cattle, began a protest over a mine. One source said: “The local Tibetans became desperate and appealed to the local leaders to stop the mining activities. They explained how the mining activities in the area affect the local environment, the supply of drinking water, and the grazing ground for their cattle”; “The Tibetans protested and appealed repeatedly for an end to the mining, but the authorities didn’t listen and brought in armed security forces to silence them”;“The Tibetans were so desperate that they attacked the vehicles carrying security forces with stones” . The armed Chinese police retaliated by firing in the air and detained some 30 Tibetans; many of them were severely beaten.