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Video of Bold Expression of Allegiance to His Holiness from Inside Tibet Released

August 5, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 3, 2010

Dharamshala: Human rights groups have released a
video footage showing Rongye Adrak openly
expressing Tibetan people's loyalty to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in front of an audience
of thousands, including Chinese military
officials, during a traditional horse festival in
Tibet's Lithang region on 1 August 2007.  (click here for video)

Rongye Adrak, a 56-year-old Tibetan nomad, is
serving an eight-year prison sentence for
supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The video release was to mark the third
anniversary of the incident, the US-based
International Campaign for Tibet said in a statement issued 2 August.

ICT said the footage which it received from a
foreigner who happened to be at the horse
festival does not capture Adrak's full statement.

The footage, subtitled in English, shows an
extract of Rongye Adrak's bold on-stage statement
in the moments after he seized the microphone to
speak and before he was arrested and imprisoned.

He [Adrak] spoke for several minutes before he
was detained by armed police who made their way to the stage, ICT said.

  "...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]," read the English translation of Adrak's speech.

"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," it quoted an eyewitness as saying.

Sources who witnessed the incident report that
Rongye Adrak also called His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to return home to Tibet, ICT said.

According to the International Tibet Support
Network, new information from Tibet indicates
that there are fears for Rongye Adrak's health
and that of his nephew Adak Lopoe, a senior monk
from Lithang sentenced to ten years, and Tibetan
art teacher and musician Kunkhyen, sentenced to
nine years, both for allegedly attempting to
provide pictures and information about the protest to overseas organisations.

Rongye Adak's family members have only met him
and Atruk Lopo once in the past three years. The
meeting occurred after 50 people filed a request
to local Chinese officials. Rongye Adak, the
father of 11 children, has poor eyesight, said
ITSN, a global coalition of Tibet support organisations worldwide.

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