Free Tibet-12 January 2022
Language advocate Loten has been taken to a reform centre after sharing his views on WeChat.
On 12 December 2021, Chinese authorities and security personnel in Matoe County arrested Loten (བློ་བསྟན།), a college graduate student after he spoke in an online messaging group on WeChat expressing disagreement with the policy of sinicization of the education system in Golog. He has since been kept in a detention centre in Xiling (ཟི་ལིང་།) City.
According to a confidential source, Loten had stated that the implementation of Chinese medium education and textbooks in Tibetan schools aims to “cut off the link between the mother tongue (the Tibetan language) and Tibetan kids from a young age”. The source further stated, “he has been arrested and forcefully taken to Xiling City, capital of Qinghai Province. Authorities have informed his family via a phone call that he is undergoing re-education training in Xiling but have not given the exact location of the detention centre or details of the re-education training. His family have not even been allowed to visit him.”
Loten, aged 23, hails from Kyarang Township (སྐྱ་རིང་གྲོང་སྡེ།) in Golog Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province and has a keen interest in the preservation of the Tibetan language. Click here to read more.