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4 Tibetans sentenced to varying prison terms in Sertha and Jomda

August 11, 2010

Phayul
August 9, 2010

Dharamsala, August 9 - Chinese authorities in
Sertha County have sentenced 2 Tibetans to two
and half years' imprisonment on July 30 this
year, according to the Voice of Tibet radio
service. Kalden and Sonam Topden were arrested on
May 16 this year. Chinese police nabbed them as
they were pasting leaflets containing demands for
Tibetan freedom and return of the Dalai Lama. The
duo had thrown hundreds of leaflets into the air before getting arrested.

Two other Tibetans, Galug and Wangchuk, from
Jomda County in Dege were sentenced to varying
prison terms for defying Chinese government orders to till their land.

Galuk received one and half years of imprisonment
while Wangchuk got a year's prison term.

It appears that the two were among the eight
Tibetans arrested in October last year in Jomda
County by authorities for defying Chinese
government orders to start farming activities.

Tibetan farmers in eastern Tibet had defiantly
undertaken a "Farming Boycott Movement" to
protest against China's repressive measures
following the crackdown on Tibetan protesters in other parts of Tibet.
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