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China tightens control on Tibetans ahead of Obama visit

November 16, 2009

November 15, 2009

Dharamsala, November 15 -- As US President Barack
Obama arrives in Beijing today on his maiden trip
to China, there is an apparent fear among the
Chinese authorities of fresh protests by
Tibetans. According to Tsering, a monk of Kirti
monastery here, the Chinese government had set up
check posts and barriers at several points in
Ngaba region, that last year saw major spur of anti- China protests.

Tsering further said that the authorities are
strictly monitoring the internet and
telecommunications network in the area and people
are required to show their identity cards at
various checkpoints that have been specially built ahead of Obama’s visit.

Meanwhile, the family members and relatives of a
Tibetan named Dolma Namgyal of Adupontsang
family, say there is no information about their
groom who was arrested from Chengdu in Sichuan
province soon after last year’s protests. Namgyal
was charged with having links with outside
separatist forces of the Dalai clique. Tsering
said the old parents and sister of Namgyal are
facing difficulties meeting their ends as Namgyal was their sole bread earner.

The family and relatives of Jamyang Phuntsok, a
monk of Kirti monastery, have not heard about him
since his arrest on March 3, 2009, according to
Tsering who added that Jamyang’s family members
are not so hopeful of his being alive. Jamyang
was accused of disseminating information about
Tabey, a monk who immolated himself on February
27 this year. Chinese official new agency Xinhua
reported on March, 2009 that Jamyang had confessed to his charges.
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