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3 monks sentenced up to 7 years' imprisonment in Kardze

October 21, 2009

Phayul
October 19, 2009

Dharamsala, Oct 19 - Three Tibetan monks had been
sentenced to various prison terms in Chengdu,
Sichuan province in April 2009, the Voice of
Tibet radio service reported Saturday citing a
Tibetan monk of Sera monastery in south India.

Samdup, a monk at Sera monastery, told the radio
that Tsewang Dakpa, Thupten Gyatso and Gyatso
Nima were arrested last year on June 6 for
carrying out a protest in Drango County (Also
spelled as Drago), Kardze Tibet Autonomous
Prefecture. The three monks had shouted anti
China slogans, demanded the release of the
Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nima, and accused the
Chinese government of subjecting the Tibetan
people to fifty years of tyranny. They also
demanded that the Chinese government allow the
return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the
Potala Palace. Their protest lasted for about
thirty minutes following which they were arrested
by the police before being beaten up.

Until recently, no one knew where the three had
been held. Rumors had spread last year that
Tsewang Dakpa had already died. However, the
families and relatives of the three monks had
come to know that the three were being held at a
prison in the outskirts of Chengdu. Tsewang
Dakpa’s father and a relative tried to visit the
prison to meet him but were not allowed by the prison authorities.

According to the source, Tsewang Dakpa received 7
years of imprisonment, Thupten Gyatso had been
sentenced to 3 years in prison and Gyatso Nima
had been sentenced to one year in prison.
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