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Five monks held in brutal Chinese crackdown on Tibetan monastery

October 15, 2012, October 14, 2012 - Without stating any reasons or offering any explanation, China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police (PAP) had raided the Nyitso Zilkar Monastery in Zatoe (Chinese: Zaduo) town of Tridu (Chinese: Chenduo) County, Yushu Prefecture of Qinghai Province, on Sep 1 and taken away five of its monks, reported Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Oct 13. In addition, dozens of monks were severely beaten by the troops for being insistent in pleading with them not to take the five away.

The paramilitary troops were reported to have arrived in around 60 motor vehicles. Local sources were reported to speculate that the monastery was targeted for playing a leading role in preserving and teaching Tibetan language, culture, and Buddhism in the area. The troops were said to have searched the residences of the five monks and taken away some computers and CDs.

The detained monks have been named as Sonam Sherab, 40; Lobsang Jinpa, 30; Tsultrim Kalsang, 25; Ngawang Monlam, 30, and Sonam Yig-nyen, 44.

Following the raid, electricity and communication lines in the monastery area were reported to have been cut while PAP troops began patrolling the area.

Earlier, on 30 Jun, 2012, two youths – Ngawang Norphel, 22, and Tenzin Khedup, 24, had staged a self-immolation protest in Zatoe township, calling for freedom in Tibet and the Dalai Lama’s return from exile. 

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