Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 28 Jun 2008

24 June 2008: Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze “TAP”, Kham (incorporated into Chinese province of Sichuan) – Four monks of Bheri monastery arrested

Local Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested four monks from Bheri monastery on 24 June. After the arrest, their quarters were also raided.

Kalsang Yeshi, age 27, and Tashi Ngodup, age 30, were accused of not providing their signatures during the “patriotic re-education” class on 13-14 June and later writing pro-independence slogans on the monastery walls.

The remaining two are Gatruk Dorjee, 41-year, and Wangchuk Dorjee, 39-year. On 23 June, a fire incidence occurred on the Bheri Bridge constructed over the Mekong River near the monastery. They were accused of setting the fire. After this incident, the Chinese authorities intensified restrictions on the monastery.

22 June 2008

Palung/Bayen (Ch: Hualong) County, Tsoshar (Ch: Hainan) “TAP”, Amdo (incorporated into Chinese province of Qinghai) – Religious ceremonies not allowed to conduct

The Chinese authorities have heightened restrictions on the monasteries. The monks of Gyalgyud monastery in Palung (or Bayen) county were not allowed to conduct their annual Cham (ritual dance) on 22 June or 19th day of the 4th month of Tibetan lunar calender (This month is considered the holiest month of the year).

The monks of Tak monastery in Tak-tsang township, Palung county, were similarly not allowed to conduct their Chams. The Chinese authorities concerned have already given them restriction orders from conducting their annual Cham on 10 August. The monasteries are also restricted from performing other religious activities.

Messages are being sent by the local Tibetan people saying: “As our area is outnumbered by Hui and Han Chinese, it has been very difficult even to carry out even a minor [political] activity. It’s not because we don’t have courage and loyalty to our cause. We stand in solidarity with all the Tibetans, in and outside Tibet. We hope that all the Tibetans will come to know about our situation.”

20 June 2008

Rebgong (Ch: Tongren) County, Malho (Ch: Huangnan) “TAP”, Amdo (incorporated into Chinese province of Qinghai) – Group of monks arrested from Rongpo monastery

Jigme Dawa, a 40-year monk who presides over the assembly of monks in Rongpo monastery in Rebgong county, and a group of monks were arrested by the county PSB on 20 June.

Recently, he was arrested on 18 April, but got released later on assurance from the Democratic Management Committee of the Rongpo monastery. He was imprisoned earlier in 1999 also for a year when the “patriotic re-education” was conducted in the monastery.

Due to the severe restrictions, the monks of Rongpo monastery are not being able to conduct even their daily religious activities.

As reported earlier about the torture on Alak Khaso Rinpoche, the former head of Rongpo monastery, and his subsequent hospitilisation, these days he is being treated in Xiling (Ch: Xining) and given Tibetan medicine.

19 June 2008

Serthar (Ch: Seda) County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) “TAP” (incorporated into Chinese province of Sichuan) – Protests staged in Serthar county

Youdroom, a monk from Koe-tsa village in Serthar county, staged a peaceful protest at 2:00 p.m. on 19 June while waving the Tibetan flag in front of the county government office. He shouted slogans such as “Tibet is an independent country, long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Dalai Lama must return to Tibet”. While he was protesting, people started to gather in his support. At that point of time, he was immediately arrested by the PSB.

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Serthar (Ch: Seda) County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) “TAP” (incorporated into Chinese province of Sichuan) – A monk horribly beaten for taking photo of “patriotic re-education” class

In June, Wanglo, a monk from the lower division of Tachok-tsang village in Serthar county, was horribly beaten and arrested by the Chinese authorities concerned for taking photo of the ongoing “patriotic re-education” class in his village. When requested by his relatives for his release, the authorities demanded 20,000 Yuans as a punishment. Detailed information is not available.

Serthar (Ch: Seda) County, Karze (Ch: Ganzi) “TAP” (incorporated into Chinese province of Sichuan) – Stones at hillside painted with slogans

Due to severe restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities, the people of Nyitoe Phughu township in Serthar county dug holes in the hillside and filled them with white marble stones written with pro-independence slogans in letters that are visible from a great distance. No further details are available.