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Zoege monk arrested from Chengdu hospital

February 1, 2011

Phayul [Tuesday, January 25, 2011 16:05]
By Kalsang Rinchen

Dharamsala, January 25 – The Public Security Bureau of Zoege County in
Tibet’s Sichuan province have arrested a Tibetan monk on January 15, the
Voice of Tibet reported. Soepa Gyatso, a monk of Tenzar Drenpa monastery
in Zoege, and another monk had gone to a hospital in Chengdu, the
provincial capital, for medical treatment. However, officials from the
PSB arrested Soepa from the hospital without stating any reason or
charge against him.

A Tibetan who had arrived from Zoege has told the radio service that
Soepa had been to India some years back. “He was known for his
dedication for public welfare, and his works to create environmental
awareness in our locality,” the source said.

The Chinese authority appears to have, according to the source, felt
that Soepa was actively involved in environmental campaign and anti
shugden (deity whose worship the Dalai Lama discourages) under the
exiled Tibetan leader’s influence. China regularly reviles the Tibetan
leader calling him a "separatist" and arrests Tibetans for affiliation
or devotion towards the Dalai Lama.

The source added that Soepa had been summoned by local PSB officials
earlier in the past for questioning and warned against engaging in such
campaigning activities. “He was told by the authorities that if he did
not stop engaging in such activities

Currently, there is no information about where Soepa is being held by
the authorities.
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