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Chinese harrasment prompts monk's suicide in Nagchu, youth jailed for chatting: source

January 24, 2011

Phayul [Wednesday, January 19, 2011 17:50]

By Kalsang Rinchen

Dharamsala, January 19 – News have emerged from Tibet that a Tibetan
monk had hanged himself to death in his monastery quarter in Sog County
in November 15, 2010, a Tibetan living here with contacts in the region
told the Voice of Tibet radio service.

Lobsang Palden, a 48 year old monk of Dradhel monastery in Trido
township in Nagchu prefecture’s Sog County, was found dead in his
quarter on November 15 last year.

Lobsang had hung himself to the ceiling of his quarter after Chinese
officials from the local Religious Affairs Bureau constantly harassed
and threatened him on grounds of his connection with the Tibetan leader
Dalai Lama, whom he met during a visit to India in 2007, the Tibetan
source said who requesting anonymity. China reviles the Tibetan leader
the Dalai Lama as a “separatist” and “a wolf in monk’s robes”.

The officials from the Religious Affairs Bureau had subjected him to
several hours of questioning days before his death, according to the
source. “He was threatened against living in the monastery by the
officials before his death. Several monks and residents had seen his
suicide note,” he added.

Lobsang had initiated several developmental works in his monastery and
his town for which he was loved and respected by the local Tibetans.
Lobsang’s death has shocked the local Tibetan residents who deeply mourn
his death, the source said.

Local Tibetans who knew Lobsang described him as a very loving and
respected monk of the monastery, and several families in Trido township
voluntarily offered post-death rituals and prayers for him, according to
the source.

Meanwhile, the same source said that another Tibetan from the same
locality was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for what the Chinese
government described as “connections with outside separatist forces”.
Kalsang Norden was arrested in 2009 for using the popular Chinese
chatting website called and charged with “separatist” behavior.
It is not known if he had contents that the Chinese government had
banned like pictures of the Dalai Lama on his page. In October 2009,
Chinese government arrested 3 Tibetan men from Sog County for allegedly
posting pictures of the exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama and his
speeches on their profiles on
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