Tensions between the Tibetans and Chinese authorities appear to be escalating. Phayul.com reported on Oct. 16, 2013, "Tibetans in Chentsa refuse to raise the Chinese flag." Just days after a Chinese crackdown on Tibetans in Driru over their refusal to raise the Chinese flag, Tibetans in Chentsa also defied the orders of the Chinese authorities to fly the flag of The Peoples Republic of China.
However, it has been said fifteen families out of about 300 households in the area have been compelled to follow this order. Radio Free Asia has quoted one Tibetan as saying, “I don’t know when the rest of our homes will be forced to put up with this. As for myself, I will never raise the flag, even if it means my death.” Large numbers of armed Chinese security forces are anticipated to move into this area now.
Shortly after Tibetans in Driru defied Chinese authorities’ order to raise the Chinese national flag on top of their houses, around 18000 Chinese government officials and heavily armed Chinese security forces arrived in Driru from Nagchu County and other areas in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is said armed Chinese police fired indiscriminately into the crowd resulting in the deaths of four Tibetans.