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Up to 30K Yuan as Reward for Festive Losar

February 12, 2010

February 10, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb. 10 -- Despite a "widespread"
consensus in Tibet to avoid any festivity this
Tibetan New Year the Chinese authorities in
Tibet’s Lithang County are handing out Tibetans
with cash rewards of ten thousand to thirty
thousand Yuan (4400 US Dollar approx.) for the
celebration of the Tibetan New Year, reported the
Voice of Tibet radio service Tuesday.

Citing a source with contacts in Lithang, the VOT
said the Chinese authorities in various parts of
Tibet are encouraging Tibetans to celebrate the
Tibetan New Year on February 14 with pomp and festivity.

The authorities, according to the VOT source in
Sera monastery in South India, have told the
Tibetans to celebrate this Losar for the
"economic development and social stability” and
the "success of the central government’s policy
on ethnic minorities" under the People’s Republic
of China. "They even promised to incur all
expenditures for any festivity and entertainment
program during the Tibetan New Year."

The Tibetans who were not involved in the recent
protests for release of jailed Tibetan religious
leader and philanthropist Trulku Tenzin Delek and
those who were friendly with the officials and
soldiers who cracked down on the protesters were
provided sanctions to renovate their houses and
cash gifts upto thirty thousand Yuan, according to the VOT.

The Tibetans in Nyakchuka County took to the
streets on December 5 last year demanding the
release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who the
protesters argued was jailed in a "fabricated”
case. A petition signed and thumb printed with
blood by thousands of Tibetans in the area was submitted to the authorities.

On December 2 2002, the Kardze Intermediate
People's Court in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture, Sichuan Province, sentenced Lobsang
Dhondup, a relative of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, to
death for "inciting separatism", "causing
explosions" and "illegal possession of guns and
ammunition". He was executed on January 26, 2003,
despite international outcry. On the same day,
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was sentenced to death with
a two year reprieve for "causing explosions" and
"inciting separatism". Tenzin Delek Rinpoche,
based at a monastery in nomad-dominated Othok,
had his sentence commuted to life in 2005.

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