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Tibetan woman stages sit-in protest to demand her husband's release in Tibet's Jomda County

August 31, 2009

August 28 2009

Dharamshala -- Gonpo Dhargye's wife and his five children have been
staging sit-in protest in front of the local police station in Jomda
County in Tibet's Chamdo Prefecture demanding his immediate release
since 20 August, sources said.

Gonpo Dhargye, a local government official, was arrested along with
his colleague by Chinese security forces on 27 June for failing to
enforce patriotic education campaign at a monastery in Pema township
in Jomda county.

Many local residents who tried to stop the forces from arresting
Gonpo Dhargye were detained at Kyabche monastery and severely beaten
up. Later, five detainees, including Gonpo Dhargye and Norlha who
were considered ring leaders, were taken to Jomda county.

Gonpo Dhargye's wife said her husband was arrested on baseless
charges, adding, the family would die of hunger if their sole
breadwinner is not released. So, we will die in front of the police
station, she cried out. The police officials told her that they will
soon decide her husband's case, but they haven't taken any decisive action yet.

Gonpo Dhargye is believed to be in poor health condition. His wife
and five children, the eldest son being 11-years-old, are facing
enormous hardships.
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