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9 Tibetans arrested in Kardze: reports

March 8, 2009

March 7, 2009

Dharamsala, March 7, 2009 - Two Tibetan women and five men were detained on Thursday (March 5) in Kardze following protests, according to reports.

Jampa Lhamo, aged 36, and a nun, Pema Yangzom, 22, distributed leaflets and called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, respect for Tibetans’ human rights, religious freedom, and the release of the Panchen Lama and Tibetan prisoners in two separate protest incidents.

Their current whereabouts is unknown, said the International Campaign for Tibet in a statement today. However, sources told Voice of Tibet radio service that the two are held in a new prison below a hospital building in Kardze.

A Tibetan source with contacts in the area was quoted by ICT as saying, "Days before Losar, local Tibetans in the region spontaneously started a silent boycott of Losar by holding prayers in many villages in Kardze region, such as Tongkor, Jori, Thargyal villages and Kardze itself. Sometimes around 200 people attended the prayers held in each village, and it is said that the prayers that started during Losar are still continuing. The prayers were to mourn for those killed in the months-long protests after March 10 last year as well as boycotting Losar as a silent protest against the way the Government dealt with the protests in Tibet. No local traditions for celebrations such as horse-racing festivals or dance performance by local villagers were held."

Voice of Tibet radio service reported 2 monks and three other men were also arrested before being beaten up severely for initiating protests on March 5. A source with contacts there identified the three men as Tsering Dakpa 16, Chonyi Gyaltsen, 18 and Rinchen Phuntsok, 15.

In another incident, two Tibetan men were arrested yesterday (March 6, 2009) in Kardze for protests but more details could not be acquired VoT reported.
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