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Fear overshadows Tibetan mindset as Samdrup's trial awaits justice

June 25, 2010

One India
June 24, 2010

New York June 24 (ANI) -- The ongoing controversy
of Tibetan award-winning conservationist and
philanthropist Karma Samdrup being tortured by
the Chinese captors has evoked fear in the minds
of the Tibetans as they fear a border crackdown.

Karma, a prominent businessman, was arrested in
early January on charges of robbing graves and
stealing cultural artifacts. His supporters,
however, claim that he is being unfairly punished
for lobbying the authorities for the release of
his two brothers who sought to expose officials who hunted endangered animals.

The supporters also claimed that he was being
illegally arrested for trying to save his
brothers from labor camp and torture. They are in
prison for accusing a local police chief of
hunting protected animals in a Tibetan nature preserve.

Samdrup was brought to the court for hearing for
the first time after six months in police custody yesterday.

The lawyer of Samdrup, Pu Zhiqiang alleged that
the legal process against his client has been
flawed. "I was not allowed to see Mr. Samdrup for
six months, and it was only on the eve of the
trial that we were allowed to meet," The New York
Times quoted Pu Zhiqiang, as saying.

The rights groups have also expressed their anger
over the act that, from the past two years,
scores of artists, intellectuals, students and
businesspeople have been detained and sentenced
to prison on charges of subverting state power or
seeking to "split" Tibet from China.

"It appears that almost any expression of Tibetan
identity can be categorized as separatist or
reactionary, these are not angry monks raising
their fists in protest but people working within
the system who are engaged in work that's
essential for a healthy civil society." The New
York Times quoted Kate Saunders of the
International Campaign for Tibet, as saying.

Those who study Beijing's Tibet policy say the
authorities appear to have extended their
deep-seated suspicions to the Tibetan educated
and well-to-do, a tactic which could radicalize a
segment of the population that had come to accept
the imperfections of Chinese rule. (ANI)
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