April 3, 2009
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Chinese Police Torture Tibetan Monk to DeathFriday, 3 April 2009, 11:02 a.m.


 
 Phuntsok/file photo

Dharamshala: The
Public Security Bureau officials (PSB) and armed military personnel
tortured a Tibetan to death for protesting against Chinese authorities
in southwest Tibet on 25 March.The monk has been identified as 27-year-old Phuntsok of Drakgo monastery
located
in Drango (Ch:Luhuo) County, Karze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (parts
of which are incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province).
Phuntsok
distributed flyers urging Tibetan residents to stop farming as a mark
of condolence to all those Tibetans who were killed and wounded, and
those who are still suffering imprisonment after China’s brutal
crackdown in Tibet last year.China’s violent crackdown on
Tibetan protesters since 10 March 2008, left 220 Tibetans dead, 1,294
injured and 290 sentenced. More than 5,600 were arrested or detained
and over 1,000 disappeared. (Click here for casualty figures)According
to reports, on 25 March, Phuntsok pasted the protest leaflets on the
walls of a branch office of Drakgoo PSB headquarter, on Shara Thang-do
bridge and on eucalyptus trees of roads and highways in Drakgo county.He
fled on a motorbike towards Samtenling nunnery after Chinese police saw
him with flyers at a motor repair shop near Walong village. Unable to
climb his bike on a hill at the base of which the nunnery was located,
he was nabbed and severely beaten to death.The next morning,
local villagers found his body at the bottom of the hill. They said PSB
officials had thrown the monk’s dead body down the hill to give an
impression of suicide.Simlilar incident of brutal killing of
Tibetans occurred in Drakgo county during a peaceful protests organised
by Ngangong nunnery, Chogri monastery and local residents on 24 March
2008. The Chinese police shot dead Kunga, a monk of Chogri monastery
during the protests. Next day, some Chinese officials were seen burning
the monk’s dead body.  Related report:
China’s Brutality in Tibet Exposed

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