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Update on Dege Jodha County, Eastern Tibet protesters

November 4, 2009

Amy Elmgren and Yangyal Sham,
Central Tibetan Administration
October 30, 2009

Dharamshala -- A source from Tibet said on 10-13
March 2009, inhabitants of four villages in the
Upper Lhopo region of Dege Jodha county in
Eastern Tibet let their livestock eat their crops
as a form of peaceful demonstration against the
violence enacted by the Chinese government
throughout Tibet since the 10 March 2008
protests. A few neighboring villages also
followed their example. Recently, the same four
villages refused to accept tractors from the
government, and some local young adults expressed
their dissatisfaction with Chinese rule.

As a result, Chinese authorities and security
officers arrested eight Tibetans this month: Lama
Palchen Wangyal, aged 25, son of Dhalong
Martsang; Lama Palchen's brother, Kalsang
Gyaltsen, 19; Choega, 31, from the Tashi family;
Tenpa Namgyal, 25, from the Merag family; Tenpa's
brother, Thupten Namgyal, 20; Ogyen Sonam, 19,
from the Drachoegon family; Paljor, 26,
son-in-law of the Gegya family; Thupten, 21, also from the Gegya family.

Of this group, Kalsang Gyaltsen, Thupten and
Oygen Sonam were released, but were hospitalized
due to the brutal beatings they received during
their detainment. The detainees were tortured by
Chinese officials, who interrogated them to find
out who was responsible for plotting, leading and
backing the villagers' protest.

Chinese soldiers and civil authorities have also
tightened their control over the local area by
holding mandatory public meetings.

The Tibetan people are requesting the protection
and release of the remaining detainees through
appeals to global organizations and campaigns
dedicated to the Tibetan cause, as well as media coverage.

Report provided by Geshe Monlam Tharchin, member of Tibetan Parliament in exile

* Report filed by Sherab Woeser, Editor of Tibetan Bulletin
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