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Tibetan Writers Brutally Beaten by Chinese Authorities

June 18, 2010

Phuntsok Choedon
The Tibet Post International
June 14, 2010

Dharamshala -- Two famous Tibetan writers are
currently receiving hospital treatment in
Chengdu, near Eastern Tibetan, following injuries
sustained during interrogation and torture by
Chinese police, according to a source from inside
Tibet, who wishes to remain anonymous.

In an e-mail sent to Tibet Post International,
our source says that at midnight on June 5 the
writers Goyon and Thupten Gedun, of the Tibetan
Pen Association, were walking at midnight with
their schoolfriend Serta Sherab to a restaurant
in Chengdu, when a Chinese a police car and other
unmarked cars drew up. 15 police, some wearing no
uniform, then threatened them and sprayed them
with a gas which rendered them unconscious. They
were then taken to a police station.

Our source quotes the writers as saying, "When we
reached the police station, the police sat us in
chairs with automated hand and ankle restraints.
They confiscated all our valuables, such as
mobile phones, cameras, identity cards, wallets, etc.

"They then harshly interrogated us, asking for
detailed information on our current work and
political participation. They beat us
continuously and threated us with guns placed to
our foreheads. When we asked what we had done wrong, they beat us more."

Our source reports that the policed tortured
Goyon and Thupten Gedun with "electrical
equipment" to elicit confessions, but interrogated Serta Sherab less severely.

"The police used our ID card numbers to
investigate whether we had any police record,"
our source quotes the writers as saying, "but the search came back clear."

"At 8am the following day, the police entered our
ID card numbers on a computer. At last they
released us, but with the knowledge that they
could bring us back for further interrogation at any time."

Our source reports that this incident is
indicative of an apparently growing trend of
police brutality against educated Tibetans, who
represent an increasing proportion of Tibetans inside Tibet.

Goyon and Thupten Gedun, who hail Kham
traditional province, edit the annual magazines
Tibet and Purgyal kyi Namshey (Soul of Ancient Kings).
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