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Elderly Tibetan severely beaten for opposing indoctrination

September 16, 2013

September13, 2013 -An elderly Tibetan man was severely beaten and remains critically injured after he staged a defiant protest during a Chinese political indoctrination meeting at his village in Driru (Chinese: Biru) County of Nagchu (Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, on September 3, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) September 11. The report added that the man, Dayang, 67, was lying in critical condition in hospital.

The report said the incident took place when a Chinese propaganda team, accompanied by a troupe of performing artists, conducted a political education meeting at his village. The team ordered the Tibetans to denounce their spiritual leader in exile, the Dalai Lama, and pledge allegiance to the Communist Party of China-led Chinese government, according to a statement from the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamsala on its website September 11.

The report said the man carried a ceremonial Tibetan scarf in his hands as he shouted slogans, calling for Tibet’s independence, demanding that China leave Tibet, and praying long-life for the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese police were reported to have immediately muffled him by pulling a black hood over his head before attacking him with great viciousness. Tibetans who saw him in hospital on September 9 were reported to be doubtful whether he would live.

The reports cited sources as saying thousands of Chinese officials were in the Dathang Yultso and Tsachu Yultso areas in Driru County, and in Tarchen Yultso in neighbouring Nagchu County as part of the Communist Party of China’s general drive to monitor the political views of Tibetans living in rural areas. 

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