THE People's Armed Police stormed Nalanda, a major Tibetan monastery, and raided two others as protests were staged by five monasteries and convents in the Phenpo area, 25 kilometres north of Lhasa. Sources in Tibet said this brought to 16 the total of pro-independence demonstrations reported in Tibet in February and March, of which seven had been confirmed. At least 106 people - 56 nuns and 50 monks - were arrested by police, according to unofficial sources, and 90 monks, including senior monastic officials and religious teachers, were expelled from their monasteries in reprisals by the authorities. Police raided Nalanda, an important monastery of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, in the last week of February after arresting a Nalanda monk found with a forbidden Tibetan flag. Other monks protested at the arrest and threw stones at police who attempted unsuccessfully to raid the monastery. A second raid was carried out by about 70 police troops, leading to strong resistance from the monks. 'The monks threw stones at them and many police were injured. Later tear gas shells were thrown inside the monastery and police beat up all the monks,' a source said. A total of 32 monks were arrested and were taken on March 9 to Sangyip prison in Lhasa, with eight more monks arrested during the following week. A source in the Tibetan underground movement said that senior monks at Nalanda had been planning to carry out a demonstration in Lhasa on March 16, and had prepared wooden blocks for printing pro-independence leaflets, several hundred of which were discovered by police after the siege. Police also discovered two large Tibetan flags during an exhaustive search of the monastery chapels, the stores and the kitchen, as well as the monks' dormitories. After the raid a political re-education team was sent to the monastery, and monastic activities and visits by outsiders were suspended. 'Since March 3, 1995 the monastery has looked like a concentration camp,' said a source with connections to the monastery. By the middle of last month re-education teams had been sent to all monasteries and convents in Phenpo Lhundrub county and had issued warnings that monasteries would be closed down in the event of further protest.