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Man sentenced to 5 years in prison, death threats against five

August 12, 2009

August 10, 2009

Dharamsala, August 10 -- A Chinese court in Kardze has sentenced a
Tibetan man to 5 years imprisonment and deprivation of political
rights, the Tehor Welfare Society told the Voice of Tibet radio service.

Sangay Tashi, 38, was charged with crimes of "inciting separatism"
and sentenced around August 3, 2009.

Sangay carried out a protest expressing his opposition to China's
rule on June 21 last year when the Beijing Olympic torch was being
paraded in Lhasa, Tibet's capital. He wore a bandana on which he
wrote "Free Tibet". He painted the Tibetan national flag on his face
and marched into the street in Kardze town handing out pamphlets that
contained slogans such as "Long live Dalai Lama" and "Free Tibet".

He was among the 15 captured Tibetans who were paraded on April 5
this year in Kardze town by the Chinese authorities to intimidate the
Tibetans. The Tibetan prisoners had their heads shaven, their hands
and legs chained. The authorities announced through a loudspeaker
that anybody who protested the Chinese government would face similar

In another incident, authorities in Sertha had issued threats to kill
five Tibetans who are reportedly on the run after their participation
in anti China protests last year. A member of the Tibetan parliament,
Sertha Tsuiltrim Woser, told Voice of Tibet radio that about 400
soldiers were called in from Dhartsedo to hunt for the 5 Tibetans
since last week of July. The five, Sukyab, 43, Ghangdor, 28, Shidi,
Nyeldor and an unidentified man, have been accused of 'involvement in
separatism' and asked to surrender themselves before the authorities
failing which they could face death. However, none surrendered so far.
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