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Another Tibetan intellectual arrested

August 27, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
August 24, 2010

Dharamsala, August 24 -- Chinese authorities last
month arrested another Tibetan intellectual for
reasons yet to be officially confirmed, a Tibetan
human rights body based here said Monday.

Kalsang Tsultrim, known for his widely
distributed video testimonial in 2009, was
arrested on July 7 in Dzoge County in Sichuan
Province, according to Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).
<http://www.tibetonline.tv/videos/71/appeal-about-the-plight-of-tibetans>

The centre said Kelsang’s arrest was "not unexpected."

Kalsang, better known by his pseudonym Gyitsang
Takmig, a township in Amdo province in northeast
Tibet where he is from, had been suspected of
committing "political error" and had been on the
move for at least a year before being arrested last month.

Despite repeated enquiries being made by his
family members, no response or reasons have been
given so far by the officials for his arrest.

Family members think his role in alarming the
situation in Tibet and the treatment of Tibetans
under the Chinese rule could be the reason.

In August 2009, months after the widespread
anti-China unrest in Tibet, a video appeal
recorded by Kalsang managed to slip out through
the Chinese border security. In the video,
Kalsang urged the international community to "act
swiftly on behalf of the Tibetan people" to end
repression in Tibet and also called for the return to Tibet of the Dalai Lama.

In the video, he gave detail account of Tibetan
history since the flight of Dalai Lama into
exile, suffering of Tibetan people, the hopes and
aspirations of Tibetan people inside Tibet and his appeal to the outside world.

Besides glorifying Tibet’s past history, Kalsang
talks about his fears for the survival of Tibetan
religion and culture, the crackdown over the past
year and the general human rights abuses
perpetrated by the Chinese authorities.

According to TCHRD, the video testimony, which is
one hour long, was recorded on July 18 2009. It
was later edited with extra input of related
video footages and snaps for a final version in a
VCD that was widely distributed in many Tibetan
areas in Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces
that are part of the traditional Tibetan provinces of Amdo and Kham.

According to sources Kalsang wanted to distribute
the video as widely as possible inside Tibet to
"educate primarily the illiterates and general
Tibetan public" with the "true history of Tibetan
struggle for freedom, the Dalai Lama’s call for
the genuine autonomy through middle-way approach
and human rights situation in Tibet” to counter
the “daily dose of government-sponsored propaganda”.

Sources told TCHRD that Kalsang had recorded and
distributed over 2,500 copies of the VCD.

Kalsang, who identifies himself on the video as
Gyitsang Takmig, is a monk of Gyitsang Gaden
Choekorling Monastery in Sangchu County (Ch:
Xiahe), Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) "Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture" (‘TAP’), Gansu Province. The region
was one of the main focal points of the 2008 anti-China protests in Tibet.

Kalsang is said to be well known locally for his
writings and even published a book in 2008 called
"Miyul la phulway Jamba," or "Love dedicated to
the human realm," a book that highlights the
concerns and aspirations of the Tibetan people.

The report on Kalsang’s arrest comes amid
prosecution of several other prominent Tibetans
that include writers, bloggers, singers, artists
and influential cultural figures, and lately even successful businessmen.

Following widespread unrest against Chinese rule
in 2008, China unleashed a new wave of crackdown
in Tibet to squelch all forms of dissent. And
those now targeted also include Tibetans once
known for having close ties to the government and
for carefully eschewing politics.

Tibet observers describe it as the largest
crackdown on Tibetan intellectuals since the end
of China's chaotic Cultural Revolution in 1976.

Uprising that began in Lhasa in March 2008 led to
the most sustained Tibetan uprising against
Chinese rule in decades. Demonstrations swept
towns throughout Tibet, where occasional protests
still continue, and security remains extremely tight.

China says not more than 22 people died in the
2008 unrest. Tibet’s government in exile here and
pro-Tibet groups say more than 200 people were
killed in a subsequent crackdown by Chinese military troops.
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