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Tibetans in Chamdo Protest China's Patriotic Education, 6 Detained

January 25, 2009

Friday, 23 January 2009
Dharamshala: For raising their voice against the Chinese government's reinforcement of Patriotic Education of denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama and its propaganda, six Tibetan youths have been detained by police in Dzogang (Ch:Zuogong) county of the Chamdo prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
According to sources, on 20 January, at around 2 – 3 p.m. (local time), a group of Tibetan youths protested in Dzogang [in Chinese, Zuogong] county of the Chamdo [in Chinese, Changdu] prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Sources identified these Tibetans as Thinley Gyatso alias Thinley Ngodup; Bhu Dhargyal; Norbu Tashi; Pema Tsepak and Gonpo Dadul. Of these, three are professional painters. A woman named Dechoe Dolma was also taken into custody. All the detainees belong to Punda town in Dzogang.
The Tibetan youths marched towards the local police headquarter, carrying Tibetan national flags and shouted slogans. On the way, they were detained and severely beaten by the officials of the Public Security Bureau, sources said.
After the incident, the local government has intensified security by deploying armoured vehicles in the area. Braving the repressive measures, a group of Tibetan women demanded the local administration to release all the detainees.
Four Tibetans sentenced, another missing
In another incident, the Kardze Intermediate People's Court sentenced four Tibetans, including two nuns, to varying prison terms and the status of a disappeared woman remains unknown, said the Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), citing reliable sources.
Two nuns identified as Tashi Tso, 26 years old and Dhungtso, around 20 years old of Kardze Ghema Draggo Nunnery were recently sentenced by the Kardze Intermediate People's Court to 2 and a half and 2 years jail term respectively for their involvement in 18 June 2008 protest in Kardze County.
The two were arrested by the County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials for staging a peaceful protest calling for freedom, human rights and swift return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
Tashi Tso was born to Lobsang Tsundue (father) and Yeshi Wangmo (mother) at Lamgong Village, Thingka Township, Kardze County, Kardze "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ('TAP'), Sichuan Province whereas Dhungtso was born to Druknyaltsang family in Thingka Township, Kardze County. The exact date of their sentencing and charges were not yet known.
Similarly, a 20-year-old lady, Jampa Dickyi from Jokhangnang Village, Thingka Township, Kardze County, Kardze "TAP," Sichuan province was sentenced to two years' jail term for her participation in 31 May 2008 protest in Kardze County.
Following their court sentences, the three convicted Tibetans were transferred to a prison in Chengdu, the provincial capital, to serve their sentences, TCHRD said.
In another case, on 17 November 2008, the Kardze Intermediate People's Court sentenced a 32-year-old Yeshi Dorjee to four years' jail term and deprivation of political rights for two years. Yeshi Dorjee, a monk of Kharnang Monastery in Kardze County was detained for his involvement in a peaceful demonstration and distribution of leaflets on 12 June 2008 in Kardze County.
The TCHRD strongly condemned the Chinese government for deying Tibetans the right to freedom of expression and opinion and demanded their immediate release.
Yigha, a 27-year-old, originally hailed from Rongtsa, Kardze County in Sichuan Province and a resident of Karma Kusang area of Lhasa city, disappeared since 14 March 2008 unrest in the capital. His mother, Tsering Khando was not able to trace him since his disappearance from Lhasa and there has been no information on his present status and whereabouts.
Small and sporadic protests against Chinese rule in Kardze Tibetan areas (a part of what Tibetans know as Kham) of Sichuan Province continue to take place despite a widespread and systematic crackdown on dissent.
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