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Video of Tibetan man's pro-Dalai Lama statement at public event acquired

August 5, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
August 3, 2010

Dharamsala, August 3 -- A video footage <>
of a Tibetan man making "anti-Chinese government"
statements at a public event before an audience
of thousands of people including Chinese
officials was made public Monday, three years after the incident.

On 1st August 2007, Runggye Adak, a Tibetan nomad
from Yonru Village, Lithang in the traditional
Tibetan province of Kham, now redrawn under
Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture(TAP) gave a
valiant speech at an annual horse racing festival
leading to his eventual arrest and detention. He
is now serving eight years' imprisonment for the
act that was ruled as 'inciting separation of nationalities" by Chinese court.

Before a large gathering of thousands of Tibetans
who had come from nearby villages primarily to
witness the popular annual Lithang horse race
festival, Adak went up on stage, seized a
microphone and began his speech by calling for unity among fellow Tibetans.

After drawing attention from the audience, he
called for the release of the Panchen Lama, Tulku
Tenzin Delek, a senior and respected lama from
the area who is serving a life sentence for
'splittism’ under alleged charges of bombing.

An eyewitness to Runggye Adak's protest told ICT,
which had acquired the footage, said: "I saw him
walk onto the stage, which was full of Chinese
military and officials. He was very calm, very
dignified and he spoke clearly. I couldn't
understand what he was saying because I don't
know the Kham dialect, but I could see Tibetans
around me shaking their heads in sadness, because
they were fearful for him, and others openly agreeing with him."

The footage, subtitled in English, shows an
extract of Adak's statement saying "...These
things have happened to us; did you hear what has
happened to us? Although we can move our bodies,
we cannot express what is in our hearts. You
know? These days there are those who say we don't
need the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is the one
that we six million Tibetans truly [need]"

ICT said the video captured by a foreigner at the
vicinity could not record Adak’s complete
statement. Adak, a respected nomad from his
village was immediately taken away by Chinese security officials.

His nephew Adak Lupoe, a senior monk from Lithang
monastery and another Tibetan identified as
Kunkhyen received a longer sentence of ten years
and nine years respectively for "endangering
national security" by sending information regarding the matter outside Tibet.

The Washington based advocacy group says Adak and
the two other Tibetans’ imprisonment speaks
volume about how a civil expression can be termed
as "crime" and earn years in Chinese jails.

In prison for three years, Adak , father of 11
children has met his family only once since his
arrest. According to International Tibet Support
Network, the meeting occurred after 50 people
filed a request to local Chinese officials.

"My father, Runggye Adak is innocent because what
he said was true and represents the wishes and
aspiration of all Tibetans inside Tibet,"

According to new information received, Adak’s
health calls for concern, he is suffering from
stomach ailments and loss of eyesight.

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