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103 Lutsang monks arrive home, 6 still held

March 23, 2009

Kalsang Rinchen
March 20, 2009

Dharamsala, March 20 -- Out the 109 monks of
Lutsang monastery earlier arrested for carrying
out peaceful protest march from Lamo Yongzin
Phodrang (spelled as pronounced)to the Mangra
county government headquarters on the first day
of the Tibetan new year (Losar) 103 were released
today, reported Voice of Tibet radio service. 6
monks are still held in custody, the VOT
reported, citing a source in Drepung monastery in south India.

The source identified the 6 monks still held in
detention as Jamyang Sherab, Jamyang Ngodup,
Jamyang Khenrab, Lungtok, Lobsnag Thabkhey and Kunsang.

"They are not designated staffers of the
monastery’s administration but senior monks in
terms of monastic education so I think they are
suspected of leading the protest March on the
Tibetan new year," the source was quoted as saying.

According to the source, the 109 monks of Lutsang
monastery were taken to a school where they were
subjected to severe patriotic reeducation.

Chinese authorities have ordered monks from
outside Mangra county to return to their homes,
the source said, adding that almost half of the
monks of Lutsang monastery were from other counties.

Uniformed and plain clothed police are constantly
combing the area including homes of civilians who
are told that the separatists forces of the Dalai
Lama are plotting to poison their drinking water, the source said.
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