January 23, 2009
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Tibetans in Chamdo Protest China’s Patriotic Education, 6 DetainedFriday, 23 January 2009, 11:30 a.m.

Dharamshala: For
raising their voice against the Chinese government’s reinforcement of
Patriotic Education of denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama and its
propaganda, six Tibetan youths have been detained by police in Dzogang
(Ch:Zuogong) county of the Chamdo prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous
Region.According to sources, on 20 January, at around 2 – 3
p.m. (local time), a group of Tibetan youths protested in Dzogang [in
Chinese, Zuogong] county of the Chamdo [in Chinese, Changdu] prefecture
of the Tibet Autonomous Region.Sources identified these
Tibetans as Thinley Gyatso alias Thinley Ngodup; Bhu Dhargyal; Norbu
Tashi; Pema Tsepak and Gonpo Dadul. Of these, three are professional
painters. A woman named Dechoe Dolma was also taken into custody. All
the detainees belong to Punda town in Dzogang. The Tibetan
youths marched towards the local police headquarter, carrying Tibetan
national flags and shouted slogans. On the way, they were detained and
severely beaten by the officials of the Public Security Bureau, sources
said.After the incident, the local government has intensified
security by deploying armoured vehicles in the area. Braving the
repressive measures, a group of Tibetan women demanded the local
administration to release all the detainees. Four Tibetans sentenced, another missing

         Yeshi Dorjee/photos:TCHRD

another incident, the Kardze Intermediate People’s Court sentenced four
Tibetans, including two nuns, to varying prison terms and the status of
a disappeared woman remains unknown, said the Dharamshala-based Tibetan
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), citing reliable sources.Two
nuns identified as Tashi Tso, 26 years old and Dhungtso, around 20
years old of Kardze Ghema Draggo Nunnery were recently sentenced by the
Kardze Intermediate People’s Court to 2 and a half and 2 years jail
term respectively for their involvement in 18 June 2008 protest in
Kardze County.The two were arrested by the County Public
Security Bureau (PSB) officials for staging a peaceful protest calling
for freedom, human rights and swift return of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to Tibet. Tashi Tso was born to Lobsang Tsundue (father)
and Yeshi Wangmo (mother) at Lamgong Village, Thingka Township, Kardze
County, Kardze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (‘TAP’), Sichuan
Province whereas Dhungtso was born to Druknyaltsang family in Thingka
Township, Kardze County. The exact date of their sentencing and charges
were not yet known. Similarly, a 20-year-old lady, Jampa
Dickyi from Jokhangnang Village, Thingka Township, Kardze County,
Kardze “TAP,” Sichuan province was sentenced to two years’ jail term
for her participation in 31 May 2008 protest in Kardze County.

                 Tashi Tso

their court sentences, the three convicted Tibetans were transferred to
a prison in Chengdu, the provincial capital, to serve their sentences,
TCHRD said.In another case, on 17 November 2008, the Kardze
Intermediate People’s Court sentenced a 32-year-old Yeshi Dorjee to
four years’ jail term and deprivation of political rights for two
years. Yeshi Dorjee, a monk of Kharnang Monastery in Kardze County was
detained for his involvement in a peaceful demonstration and
distribution of leaflets on 12 June 2008 in Kardze County. The
TCHRD strongly condemned the Chinese government for deying Tibetans the
right to freedom of expression and opinion and demanded their immediate
release.Yigha, a 27-year-old, originally hailed from Rongtsa,
Kardze County in Sichuan Province and a resident of Karma Kusang area
of Lhasa city, disappeared since 14 March 2008 unrest in the capital.
His mother, Tsering Khando was not able to trace him since his
disappearance from Lhasa and there has been no information on his
present status and whereabouts. Small and sporadic protests
against Chinese rule in Kardze Tibetan areas (a part of what Tibetans
know as Kham) of Sichuan Province continue to take place despite a
widespread and systematic crackdown on dissent.

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