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Two Tibetans arrested in Sog for exchanging content through phone

April 14, 2014

By Phuntsok Yangchen

April 10, 2014 -  Chinese authorities in Sog County have arrested two Tibetans of village no 4 of Trido Township on March 30, according to Ngawang Tharpa, a Tibetan with close contacts in the region.

The two Tibetans, Tseko and an unidentified man, were arrested for sharing pictures and political information on Tibet through their cellphones, said Tharpa. “The two had been taken to Sog County but it is not known where they are currently held.”

Tharpa also noted that many people in Sog County were arrested for no reason and situation in the region remains tense.

Earlier this month, two Tibetans named Phurtse and Rinchen Wangdue from the same locality were arrested for exchanging messages with politically restricted content through their micro messaging apps on their cellphones.

In March, the Chinese authorities launched a massive hunt for ‘miscreants’ who painted a graffiti reading ‘Tibet is independent’ on an iron bride near Trido Township. The authorities have stepped up surveillance and security around the town with strict monitoring of people's movements and intercepting of communication lines in the area making it difficult to verify information and details about arrests.

The same source said the authorities have set up three checkposts along the ten different villages of Trido township and another three between Trido and Drilda monastery which are only 12 kilometres away from each other.

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