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Torture in Tibet

June 16, 2010

Huffington Post
June 14, 2010

For the past two years, I've been actively
blogging and documenting my experiences from the
Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India.

In this small mountain town, it could be easy to
get lost staring at the mountains -- it's serene,
but that's not why I came here.

During my first trip here, I picked up a book in
the Temple bookstore, Fire Under the Snow.

I read it in one sitting, and with wet eyes, a
stuffed nose, and a nauseous feeling, I evaluated
my life. It took minimal time to realize that I needed to change something.

Modern media moves so quickly, and skims over
current events so quickly -- it's no wonder that
Tibet has to fight to stay in the press. After
all, China's illegal occupation of Tibet started
over 50 years ago. Mao's 'cultural revolution'
was only the beginning of the genocide.

The best I have been able to do is take advantage
of information, and try to redistribute it as
best I can. I make it a point to address youth,
and try to present the information succinctly.

This is the case with my interviews below. They
are with Palden Gyatso, an ex-political prisoner
from Tibet. I learned his story through his book,
but have tried to capture the essence in the
videos below. In our 'Walmart' society, I think
it is important to hear the stories of those who
have suffered in China's quest for capitalism.

The interviews below cover the reason for his
arrest, his treatment in prison, the introduction
of the electric cattle prod as a torture
instrument, and also his thoughts on current
political prisoner, Dhondup Wangchen -- who was
arrested, and sentenced to six years, simply for
doing what I have done here, conducting interviews.

I encourage you to watch, and share these videos -- knowledge is power.

Palden Gyatso: Part 1

Palden Gyatso: Part 2

Palden Gyatso: Part 3

Palden Gyatso: Part 4
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