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Tibetan woman stages sit-in protest to demand her husband's release in Tibet's Jomda County

August 31, 2009

August 28, 2009,

Dharamshala -- Gonpo Dhargye's wife and his five
children have been staging sit-in protest in
front of the local police station in Jomda County
in Tibet's Chamdo Prefecture demanding his
immediate release since 20 August, sources said.

Gonpo Dhargye, a local government official, was
arrested along with his colleague by Chinese
security forces on 27 June for failing to enforce
patriotic education campaign at a monastery in Pema township in Jomda county.

Many local residents who tried to stop the forces
from arresting Gonpo Dhargye were detained at
Kyabche monastery and severely beaten up. Later,
five detainees, including Gonpo Dhargye and
Norlha who were considered ring leaders, were taken to Jomda county.

Gonpo Dhargye's wife said her husband was
arrested on baseless charges, adding, the family
would die of hunger if their sole breadwinner is
not released. So, we will die in front of the
police station, she cried out. The police
officials told her that they will soon decide her
husband's case, but they haven't taken any decisive action yet.

Gonpo Dhargye is believed to be in poor health
condition. His wife and five children, the eldest
son being 11-years-old, are facing enormous hardships.
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