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Tibetan Man beaten, arrested for Protesting

January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009
Dharamsala, Jan 10 - A Tibetan man named Ngawang Sonam, 32, was arrested by Chinese security forces on January 5, Radio Free Asia reported.
A local woman on condition of anonymity told RFA that the man protested in front of police headquarters in downtown Kardze around noon on January 5.
“He shouted slogans calling for the independence of Tibet and threw several thousand paper fliers into the air. The fliers included prayer flags and protest leaflets,” the woman was quoted as saying by RFA.
Ngawang is from Horpo village, Tsonggo township, in Kardze county in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
Citing the same source, RFA reported that the “police and Public Security Bureau officials fired a tranquilizer gun at him, severely beat him, and took him away in a police vehicle.”
Ngawang is a father of two and was arrested earlier in 2000 for protesting against Chinese rule, the source told RFA.
China has tightened its grip on the Tibetan plateau fearing major protests this year as it marks 50th anniversary of March 10 Uprising of 1959, 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
“[Tibetans] are being searched and questioned, and authorities have increased their surveillance,” RFA quoted the source as saying.
A Tibetan woman named Kunchok Dolma was also arrested on December 29, 2008. Kunchok protested in front of the Kardze police headquarters and called for Tibetan independence and the Dalai Lama’s long life.
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