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Leader of student protest in Machu sentenced to 2 years in jail

September 26, 2010

September 24, 2010

Dharamsala, Sep. 24 -- A Tibetan student leader
who was detained in March for leading a protest
against the Chinese government on the second
anniversary of the 2008 nation-wide uprising has
been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, Dolkar
Kyap, a native of Machu now living here said.

Thupten Nyima, who was detained in March was
accused of leading protests by some 30 students
from the Machu Tibetan Nationality Middle School.
Over 500 other Tibetans later joined the student
protest on March 14 this year. The protesters
were demanding Tibetan independence and shouting
against the lack of freedom, Kyap said in March
this year. At least 40 people were detained following the protest.

Thupten was tried by the an Intermediate Court in
Kanlho Prefecture but it is not known where he is currently held.

The students of the same school carried out their
second protest on April 3, 2010. The students
were protesting against the firing of the
school’s headmaster and two of his Tibetan
assistants from their jobs by Chinese authorities
in March, Kyap said, citing sources in the region.

The school’s headmaster Kyabchen Dedrol, and his
two assistants -- Do Re and Choekyong Tseten --
were fired by Chinese authorities following the
pro-independence protest by students on March 14,
the second anniversary of the nation-wide
protests that started from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

Two students were also expelled from school for
criticizing the government's patriotic re-education campaign, Kyap added.
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