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China Detains a Tibetan Writer in Lhasa, Capital of Tibet

January 14, 2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011 16:41 YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International

Dharamshala: Tenpa Lodoe, pseudonym Gang-ga Champo, a well-known Tibetan
writer and the editor of 'Walk-Forward' (Dhunkyod) was arrested recently
by Chinese Security Bureau Officials in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet
(Chinese; Tibet Autonomous Region, TAR).

According to information received by The Tibet Post International, the
magazine editor was arrested by police in Lhasa, capital of Tibet on 29
December 2010, the Tibetan writer is a native of the Chakrapalbar
county, near Chamdho, eastern Tibetan region of Kham.

Our source quotes the information as saying, he was arrested by Chinese
authorities when he and one of his friend reached the main street of
Lhasa, the police sat them in chairs with automated hand and ankle
restraints after taking to Lhasa Chinese police station. The authorities
confiscated all his valuables, such as laptop, mobile phone, books, and
printer, etc.

Penpa Lodoe completed his Buddhist studies at Ngagyur Institution
(Ngagyur Dansachenmo), the main monastery of Nyingmapa Tibetan Buddhist
sect in Tibet and later worked as an important member of Tibetan
Association of Intellectuals (Tib: Palbar Lhobkul Tsokpa), he also
founded an association called "The Status of Snow-mountan" (Tib: Gangri
Neybab Tsokpa) which established by young Tibetan monks and writers in
eastern Tibet.

Associating with Ven. Goyon, the editor of the magazine 'Purgyal Kyi
Namshey' (Soul of Ancient Kings) and other Tibetan writers, gives him
opportunities to organize several conferences and discussions in various
places in Tibet. A writer's conference titled 'Seeking the Copyrights'
was held in Chengdu, eastern Tibet on 24 January 201, over 17 Tibetan
intellectuals including editors, bloggers and writers were participated,
the meeting was also organized by Lodoe and his friend Goyon.

"Associating with other writers gives him opportunities to practice the
art of writing, the Tibetan writers' conferences often bring in
successful writers, bloggers and editors to speak on a variety of topics
concerning writing and publishing," said in his recent published article
on blog.

At present, family and friends of Tenpa Lodoe are anxious regarding his
arrest, as his current whereabouts are unknown.

Our source also says that on 5 June 2010 his friend Goyon, a well-known
Tibetan writer was detained, the authorities then harshly interrogated
him, asking for detailed information on his current work and political
participation. They beat him continuously and threated him with guns
placed to our foreheads. He was seriously ill after being released from
Chinese prison last year.
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