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Monks beaten, detained in Nyitso Zilkar Monastery raid

September 4, 2012

Dharamsala, September 1, 2012: On Saturday, 1 September, police raided Nyitso Zilkar Monastery Tawu (Chinese: Daofu) County in Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, and arbitrarily arrested five monks while dozens of others were reportedly beaten by the People’s Armed Police.

“Around 60 vehicles, full of armed police forces raided the Nyitso Monastery on Saturday without any explanation, and locals say it’s because of the monastery’s role in preserving and teaching Tibetan language, culture and Buddhism in the region,” reliable sources told TCHRD this week.

In addition to their arbitrary detention, the residences of the five monks were searched and some computers and CDs were confiscated.

Following the raid, electricity and all communications in area of Nyitso monastery were blocked, and the People’s Armed Police patrolled the streets near the monastery.

When a group of monks at the monastery tried to prevent their five fellow monks from being detained, they were beaten by the armed police.

“Instead of listening to the cries and requests of the monks, the monks were brutally beaten up,” said a former Nyitso monk now living in exile in India, appealing TCHRD to put up the case before the UN Human Rights Council.

Tsewang Norbu, a 29-year old monk from Nyitso Monastery on August 15 last year set himself on fire demanding the return of the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.

Three months after Tsewang’s self-immolation,  Palden Choetso (also known as Choesang), a 35-year old nun of Nyitso Nunnery set herself on fire in protest against the Chinese government.

Since 2009, more than 50 Tibetans in Tibet have set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese government.

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