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Three Tibetans Arrested in Sogdzong County, eastern Tibet

October 18, 2009

Translated by Sangay and Mathew
The Tibet Post
October 17, 2009

16october20092A source from Tibet said on October
1st, three young Tibetan adults were arrested by
Chinese police in Sogdzong County, eastern Tibet.
Gyaltsen, aged 25, Nyima Wangchuk, 24, and Yeshe
Namkha, 25 - all residents of Dara village - were
taken to Nagchu county and have not been heard
from since. Police have refused the arrestees' families any contact with them.

An anonymous source from Tibet told us he
suspects that police had been monitoring
Gyaltsen, Wanchuk and Namkha's internet
activities and QQ (messenger service) accounts,
through which they shared photographs of and
speeches by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our
source also said the police had accused the three
of being in communication with individuals outside of China.

He continued that farmers and nomads from
Sogdzong County are finding it impossible to
carry out their work at present, because
government officials require them to attend
'patriotic' meetings every day, at which the
virtues of the Chinese government are extolled.
Further, villagers visiting Sogdzong County town
face police harassment, with ID and security checks.

Our  source also reported that police banned
monks from Sog Tsandan Monastery from celebrating
the post-summer retreat holiday this year. Armed
Chinese police detained the monks for a meeting
with Chinese officials and did not allow them to
visit their families, as is customary.

summer retreat is observed by monks over the
summer months, during which time they remain
inside their monastery to avoid harming the many
insects that emerge during the season.

News report provided by Mr Ngawang Tharpa and
English translation from Tibetan made by The Tibet Post
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