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Eight Tibetans arrested for defying Chinese government orders

October 21, 2009

Phayul
Monday, October 19, 2009

Dharamsala, Oct 19 -- Eight Tibetans have been
arrested in Jomda County by Chinese authorities
earlier this month, according to a Tibetan member
of parliament with contacts in the region.

Monlam Tharchin, a Tibetan parliamentarian who is
also a member of the parliament’s Standing
Committee, said the eight Tibetans were arrested
following arguments between local Tibetans and
Chinese authorities who had questioned the
Tibetans’ decision not to do any farming activities around this time.

Earlier this month, officials and police from the
County held meetings with the Tibetan residents
of Khagang township and “harassed them”. The
officials from the local administration including
the police demanded that the Tibetans justify
their act of dissent. The Tibetans, however, were
defiant and did not cooperate with the
authorities who then arrested the eight Tibetans.
The names and other details of those arrested are no yet known.

Following the Chinese government crackdown on
Tibetan protesters, the authorities went on
offensive against Tibetan farmers in eastern
Tibet who had defiantly undertaken a “Farming
Boycott Movement” to protest against China’s repressive measures.

Chinese authorities had arrested and severely
beaten several farmers who defied authorities'
order to till their farmlands in many parts of Tibet.
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