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Five Tibetans arrested in Sog County

March 17, 2014

March 16, 2014 - Chinese authorities have arrested five Tibetans including two monks of Drilda monastery in Sog County.They were arrested on Mar 6, the fifth day of the Tibetan New Year for allegedly sending photographs and messages considered subversive by the Chinese government through mobile phones.Out of the five arrested Tibetans, the two monks of Trido Township’s Drilda monastery have been identified as Kalsang Tsultrim and Thupten Palden. The other three lay Tibetans who were all natives of Dowa village in Sog County have been identified as Norbu Dhondup, Monlam Gyatso and Tsering Tharpa.

Sources also confirmed seeing “Tibet is an independent country” written in large Tibetan letters with red metallic colour on the huge iron bridge in Drido Township.

With the arrival of around 20 military convoys with more than 80 security forces on Mar 10, Tibetans in the area are being thoroughly searched and restricted from visiting each other.

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