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Elderly Tibetan woman brutally beaten for refusing to denounce Dalai Lama

March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Following the protests by monks in Drango (Ch: Luhuo) County on 24
March, leading to the death of an 18-year-old monk and the subsequent
solidarity protest on 25 March 2008, the local authority has expelled a
large number of monks from Chogri Monastery and arrested some nuns of
Nanggong (Tib translit: nganga sgong) Nunnery, according to confirmed
information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and
Democracy (TCHRD). Sources also reported disappearances of many lay
people from the area.

On 26 March 2008, under the pretext of a call for a meeting with the
authorities, two former abbots of Chogri Monastery, Geshe Namgyal
Tsering and Geshe Sonam Gyurmey, were detained in the County Public
Security Bureau (PSB) Detention Centre.

In an apparent measure to bring Tibetans in the area under control, the
authorities called for a Getse Township meeting during which the
residents were ordered to denounce and criticize the Dalai Lama and the
"separatist" forces. An elderly woman, Ama Tsanglo, steadfastedly
refused to abide by the order and on the contrary called for the fast
"return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet". Upon this, the Township Party
Secretary beat her brutally, amidst which she shouted, "I will never
denounce the Dalai Lama. Even if you kill me today I won't have any

Unable to see his old mother getting beaten mercilessly, her son sprang
from the crowd and gave some strong physical blows to the Party
Secretary. At the time of releasing this update, both the Party
Secretary and Tsanglo are hospitalized, the whereabouts of the son is
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