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Two brothers, three monks held in Chamdo

February 5, 2010

Tibetan Review
February 3, 2010

The paramilitary People’s Armed Police Force
(PAPF) had taken into custody on Dec 7, 2009 two
Tibetan brothers from Gartok town of Markham
County, Chamdo Prefecture, for allegedly
possessing arms, sharing politically sensitive
information with outsiders, and hosting a
well-known lama visiting from India, reported
Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) online Jan 27.
In two other incidents, three monks had been held
in Jomda County of Chamdo Prefecture at the end of Dec’09 and about Jan 16-17.

In the Gartok incident the troops apparently
acted on prior information. The report said
Tsejor Gonpo, 43, and Choenga Tsering, 41, were
picked up by the troops who arrived in "a convoy
of police vehicles" and forced their way in while
the brothers were having breakfast. A large
number of people, roused by the blaring of sirens
from the PAPF vehicles, saw the two being handcuffed and taken away.

The two were said to be held in Pashoe County, Chamdo prefecture.

The brothers were reported to have denied the
first two charges while in the case of the third,
they had said the lama’s visit was with
government permission and he had been careful not
to "infringe any rules or regulations" during his stay.

On Jan 22, at least 40 prefectural and county
police officers reportedly arrived back in 10
vehicles to search the brothers’ homes and
businesses, which include a motel and a disco.
All videos -- including children’s DVDs -- found inside were reportedly seized.

In a second incident, two monks -- Sangye Gyatso,
29, and Apho, 30 -- were detained at the end of
Dec’09 after trying to stop some Chinese police
from beating a Tibetan. And in the third
incident, a monk named Tulku Jangchub, 26, was
picked up by police on Jan 16 or 17 after he had
made remarks calling for religious freedom in Tibet.

All the monks belonged to Jorphu monastery in
Jomda County of Chamdo Prefecture. RFA said an
official at the Bureau of Religious Affairs in
Jomda County declined to answer questions on the monks’ detention.
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