August 14, 2009
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China sentences 8 Tibetans for protesting the death of monk of Ragya monastery [Friday, 14 August 2009, 5:29 p.m.]

 A file photo of Tashi Sangpo/

Dharamshala: The Intermediate People’s Court in Machen County in Golog Tibet Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China’s Qinghai Province) has sentenced eight Tibetans, including six monks of Ragya monastery and two lay men, to imprisonment with terms varying from 6 months to 7 years on 13 August.The six monks of Ragya monastery (with prison terms in bracket) were identified as Palden Gyatso, aged 40, disciplinarian of Ragya Monastery, (7 years); Tsultrim, former disciplinarian (4 years); Sangpo, former treasurer (3 years); Jamyang Khedup, secretary of the board of directors (2 years); Gedun Ralo, (1 year) and Sherab Sangpo (2 years).  The two lay men – Hulo and Yangkyab – were sentenced to imprisonment for 2 years and six months respectively.They took part in a protest against the Chinese authorities over a death of fellow monk of Ragya Monastery named Tashi Sangpo. Tashi Sangpo hoisted the banned Tibetan national flag and distributed pamphlets at Ragya monastery on 10 March this year. He was arrested with a group of monks and interrogated. On 21 March, he took the entire responsibility on himself and appealed for the release of other monks. Later in the evening, he committed suicide by jumping into the Machu river to evade arrest by the Public Security Bureau. Following the incident, a large number of local Tibetans held peaceful demonstration in front of the police station and demanded the authorities to stop killing Tibetans. On 22 March, the police arrested around 100 monks, including Palden Gyatso.The whereabouts of two monks – Lobsang Dhargye and Mengag Dorje – who were arrested on the same day still remain unknown.

Sopa Sangpo
 Sherab Sangpo
 Palden Gyatso
 Jamyang Khedup
 Gedun Ralo

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