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Tibetan author Tashi disappears after arrested by Chinese authorities

August 4, 2009

Ms Amy Elmgren and Yangjam,
The Tibet Post International
August 3, 2009

Dharamshala -- According to a news website in
Tibet, Chinese authorities have recently abducted
the Tibetan author Tashi Rabten, pen-name
Therang, for his alleged involvement in
politically subversive activities. On January
25th, Tashi published a book entitled Blood
Letter, which his supporters defend as an honest
and accurate description of last year's March
10th protests in Tibet. The Chinese government,
however, has cut off Blood Letter's distribution
and confiscated the copies that have been sold,
banning this book due to its "suspicious"
political content. They began to monitor the
author's daily activities and conduct clandestine
interrogations, and now he has disappeared.

Tashi's Blood Letter consists of an introduction
(containing 32 articles), and five main sections.
These sections are titled, "Note from Hell", "The
Melody of the Soul", "My Tibet", "Sacrifice of
the Heart", and "Truth's Revenge". In these
chapters, and in several articles published in
the Chinese Northwest Minorities University
annual magazine, Xiar Dong- ri ("The Conchshell
of the East"), Tashi details the bloodshed that
took place on March 10th, 2008, when the Chinese
police cracked down harshly on peaceful
protesters. He argues that it was not Tibetans,
but Chinese officials, who were responsible for
the ensuing violence and property destruction.

The first piece of evidence supporting this
assertion is an international report by a
journalist from Singapore, published at the time
of the protests. Additionally, a Burmese lady
studying in Lhasa at the time of the protests
reports that she witnessed an armed Chinese
official changing from Tibetan clothes into his
police uniform. Next, all of those so-called
protesters who stirred up violence and destroyed
public property disappeared directly after the
protests. Fourth, the violence was broadcast to
the world only by the highly censored Chinese state media.

Tashi's descriptions of Tibetans suffering under
a repressive Chinese regime, and his expressions
of his love for and loyalty to the Tibetan nation
and culture, brought him under the close
inspection of the Chinese government. And now, his whereabouts are unknown.
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