Chinese police in the autonomous Tibetan province of Kardze in Sichuan have arrested six Tibetans considered prominent in their community in recent weeks, citing an unknown arrest, a living Tibetan exile said Wednesday.
Writer and environmental activist Sey Nam was arrested April 2 in the Serthar (Seda) county of Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi), Golok Jigme, a former political prisoner currently living in Switzerland. , told RFA’s Tibet Service, citing local contacts.
“Due to the tight communication restrictions in the area, my source did not know the reason for his arrest,” said Jigme.
Also arrested on April 2, Tibetan activist and former political prisoner Tsering Dolma were detained at least twice before in 2008 and 2012 after she participated in protests against the politicians. Chinese books and rule in the Tibetan regions.
“I think this is the third or fourth time she has been arrested,” said Jigme.
Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, a writer and former political prisoner also known as Gangme Thak, was arrested at Sertha on March 23, Jigme added, “Kyab has committed no crime and the Chinese government has not released it. any valid reason for his arrest. “
Political activist Gangbu Yudrum was arrested on March 22 with no reason to be arrested, Jigme said.
Yudrum previously served a three-year prison term starting in 2008 for his role in a protest in which he pulled up the banned Tibetan national flag and called for the leader’s return to Tibet. Tibetan spirit in exile, the Dalai Lama.
He was arrested again in 2012 and released in 2014, receiving a warm welcome from people in his village who hailed him as a “Tibetan warrior for the truth”. . After he was released, he wrote and distributed copies of a letter to local Tibetans calling for them to work to free Tibet from Beijing’s rule.
Two of the six Tibetans arrested recently have not been identified, and the whereabouts of all six remain unknown, Jigme said.
Formerly an independent country, Tibet was invaded and annexed by force 70 years ago, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his thousands of followers later lived in exile. India and the rest of the world after the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese domination.
The Chinese authorities maintain tight control over the region, restrict the political activities of the Tibetans and the peaceful manifestation of cultural and religious identity, while at the same time inducing the people of the West. Organ persecuted, tortured, jailed and murdered people outside the judiciary.
Report by Lobe Socktsang to RFA’s Tibet Service. Translation of Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.