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A solo nun stages protest march in Kardze

March 19, 2009

March 17, 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) learnt from a reliable source that a nun
staged a solo protest march in Kardze County.

According to the sources, a nun Lobsang Khandro,
age 21, from Gema Dra-wok Nunnery in Thing-ka
Township, Kardze County, Kardze "Tibet Autonomous
Prefecture" ("TAP"), Sichuan Province had staged
a solo protest march at around 10 am on 6 March 2009.

Sources told TCHRD that Lobsang Khandro began her
solo protest march from Takchu Bridge till to
Kardze government headquarter. She was carrying
pamphlets, political literature on Tibet and some
prayer flags. While during her solo protest march
she shouted slogans such as "No Freedom in
Ribet", "Tibetan People Rise Up, Rise Up", "Long
Live the Dalai Lama" and "Chinese Authorities Release all Political Prisoners".

Few minutes after her valiant solo protest march,
the Chinese security personnel rushed in five
police vans and immediately arrested and
subjected her to severe beatings on the spot
before being taken away to a detention centre.

Sources told TCHRD that Kardze authorities
detained her in a new prison recently built near
a government hospital in Kardze County. When some
of her friends and relatives went to Kardze
police station to inquire about her well-being,
they were given a response that, "If she has
involved in this kind of activity, there is no
other way but to die. She has committed a serious
offense and crime. There is nothing left for all
of you to inquire about her well-being. Moreover,
all of you must not contact the outside world on this matter".

The Gema Dra-wok Nunnery is situated 16
kilometers away from Kardze County on the route
to a sacred pilgrimage site of Khawa Karpo. In
2008 during the pan-Tibet protests, the nuns of
Gema Dra-wok Nunnery participated in the mass
uprising for which five nuns are still serving
their sentence in the Chinese prison.
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