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Tibetan detainee whereabouts still unknown

September 17, 2009

by Yeshe Choesang ( editor [at] )
Sep 16, 2009

Dharamshala: Saga Dawa Festival, which falls on April 15 in the Tibetan
lunar calender, is celebrated as the day of Buddha Sakyamuni's birth,
enlightenment, and death, by Buddhists across the world. At this year's
festival, on June 7 of the western calendar, Chinese authorities deployed
thousands of armed military personnel to every corner of Jokhang Temple and
the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital city, to crackdown on 200
Tibetan businessmen and merchants circubulating while chanting, "May the
gods be victorious."

Tibetans involved were captured by security cameras and arrested by Chinese
authorities upon returning to their homes. The detainees were accused of
inciting rebellion by provoking individuals to perform acts of faith such as
making offerings to the gods and wearing traditional dress.

Later, however, all detainees were released except one participant named
Sotop, 40, from Kargang township in Dege Jodha, eastern Tibet. At one time a
representative responsible for expressing local Tibetans' issues to the
Chinese government, Sotop has been missing for the past three months. His
family, including relative Jurme who is calling upon the Tibetan
government-in-exile, NGOs, and the international community to support the
search for Sotop, is anxious about his health and whereabouts.

The released Tibetan protesters and remaining suspects' daily movements are
under constant Chinese supervision. They live in fear of harassment and
detainment by Chinese authorities.
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