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Woman staging sit-in at police station to demand husband's release

September 2, 2009

Tibetan Review
September 1, 2009

The wife and five children of a local Tibetan
official arrested with a colleague on Jun 27 for
failing to conduct patriotic education at a
monastery in Jomda County of Chamdo Prefecture
have been staging a sit-in protest in front of
the local police station since Aug 20, demanding
his release, reported the exile Tibetan
government’s Tibet.net Aug 28. The official,
Gonpo Dhargye, was the family’s only earning
member and his arrest put his wife and five
children, the eldest of whom is only 11 years old, in enormous hardship.

When police were taking away Gonpo Dhargye and
his colleague Norlha for dereliction of their
patriotic education duty, a group of 20-30 local
residents tried to stop them near Kyabche
monastery. A scuffled ensued and a number of
Tibetans were severely beaten and left injured.
Later five Tibetans were arrested and charge,
including Gonpo, 44, and Norlha, 47, who were accused of being the ringleaders.

A Tibet.net report Aug 13 said three of the
arrested persons (namely Gyaltsang Jampa, 46;
Bhulhuk, 56, and Mutsa Tsang Tseten 40) were
given jail terms of two years each by the Jomda
County court on Aug 4. Gonpo and Norlha, accused
of failing to carry out patriotic education at
Taklung monastery in Pema Township despite
repeated orders, are yet to be charged, indicated
the Tibet.net report of Aug 28.

Gonpo’s wife is reported to say she and her five
children faced starvation with the arrest of her husband.
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