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Tibetan man gets 15 years imprisonment for 2008 Tibet protest

August 31, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration
August 27, 2009

Dharamshala: Four Tibetan men who took part in
the peaceful protests in Lhasa last year were
sentenced to imprisonment with terms ranging from
two-and-a-half to fifteen years by the Lhasa
Intermediate People's Court in the beginning of this year, sources said.

They have been identified as Wangchuk or Lobsang
Wangchuk, Tsultrim, Choephel and Lhakpa Tsering.

Three of them joined peaceful demonstration
against the Chinese government's repressive
policies in Tibet in Takste County, while one protested in Lhasa in March 2008.

They are believed to be serving their jail terms
in a prison located in Chushul County near the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

Lobsang Wangchuk, aged 26, son of Sonam Tsering,
belongs to Dechen township in Taktse County. He
received imprisonment up to 15 years for his role
in the peaceful protests in Taktse last year. He
had studied at Sangag monastery in Dechen
township and later worked as taxi driver.

Tsultrim, aged 23, who is the elder of Lobsang
Wangchuk and Choephel, aged 24, were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Lhakpa Tsering, aged 22, who was a painter by
profession before he was arrested for
participating in the peaceful demonstration in
Lhasa. He is serving five years imprisonment.

The security clampdown by Chinese security forces
and police across Tibet since 10 March last year
left more than 220 Tibetans dead and over 1,294
were seriously injured. Over 5,600 were arrested,
290 sentenced and more than 1,000 have simply
disappeared, as per information received by the Central Tibetan Administration.
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