Tibetan man gets 5-year prison term for 2008 peaceful Tibet protest[Friday, 14 August 2009, 4:43 p.m.]
Dharamshala: On 5 April 2009, the Intermediate People’s Court in Karze County sentenced a Tibetan man named Sangye Tashi alias Dragu to five years in prison for taking part in a peaceful demonstration against the Chinese government’s repression in Karze County in Karze Tibet Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province) in Tibet last year.When the court was pronouncing the verdict, the Chinese authorities took a group of 15 Tibetan detainees in a military vehicle around the county to intimidate local Tibetans of dire consequences if they take part in anti-government activities.On 21 June 2008, thirty-eight years old Sangye Tashi took to the streets in Karze county by displaying Tibet independence slogans on his head scarf and a Tibetan national flag emblazoned on his face. He distributed leaflets reiterating that “Tibet belongs to the Tibetans” and “demanded the Chinese government to invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet” and “to stop the Olympic torch relay through Tibet”. He was immediately arrested by the Public Security Bureau. The whole county at that time was under heavy repression as the Olympic relay was passing through Tibet’s capital Lhasa.