The arrest of at least seven Tibetans in recent months appears to be on allegations of anti-state activities underlining Beijing’s continued action to destroy the influence of men and women with views on life. in China’s politically sensitive Tibetan regions go against official reports, a Tibetan human rights group in India said.
Pema Gyal, a researcher at the Tibet Center for Human Rights and Democracy in India, said: “If these intellectuals can no longer influence the Tibetan public, then that public can easily more easily manipulated and deceived.
Starting in 2008 – when widespread protests against Chinese rule swept through the Tibetan regions – and by 2010, nearly 60 influential Tibetan poets, writers and personalities Other literary objects and scholars have been arrested by Chinese police, with the whereabouts of many people still unknown, Gyal said.
“And the often-given reason for arrests is that they all pose a threat to the security and stability of the country.”
But what these arrests really show, Gyal said, “is that Tibetans have been stripped of their freedom of speech in study, and the Chinese government can arrest them at any time simply. by calling them national threats. “
As reported earlier by RFA, arrests in recent weeks in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) and Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan districts of at least five Tibetans are considered to be floating. turned on in their community and two others in Qinghai late last year. , showing that the persecution is continuing.
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Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, a famous writer in the Tibetan regions in Sichuan, also known as Gangme Thak, was arrested in the Sertha (Seda) district of Kardze on March 23 and has been previously jailed for political allegations.
Also arrested in Kardze’s Sertha county was Sey Nam writer and environmental activist, who was arrested on April 2.
Longtime activist and former political prisoner Tsering Dolma was also arrested in Kardze on April 2, and has been detained at least twice before in 2008 and 2012 after she participated in the protests. against Chinese policy and rule in the Tibetan regions.
Political activist Gangbu Yudrum was detained at Kardze on March 22 and previously served a three-year prison term starting in 2008 for his role in a protest in which he pulled leaves. The Tibetan national flag is banned and called for return to Tibet by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader 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 his release, he wrote and distributed copies of a letter to local Tibetans calling for them to work to free Tibet from Beijing’s rule.
Go Sherab Gyatso, a 46-year-old monk at Kirti monastery in the Tibetan Autonomous Province of Ngaba (Aba) of Sichuan, was arrested by state security officials on October 26 in the capital city of the Four Kingdoms. Xuyen. He’s already the author of a book, We need to wake up, and published a number of articles describing the restrictions on Tibetans’ freedom of expression under Chinese rule.
In China’s neighboring Qinghai province, Kunsang Gyaltsen – a resident of the Mangra (Guinan) district of Qinghai and a researcher at the Tibetan University in the capital of the Lhasa region of Tibet – was arrested in June. 2020 for circulation of books with illegal views on the political history of Tibet. News of Gyaltsen’s arrest has been delayed in accessing outside contacts, and his current whereabouts are unknown.
And in Qinghai’s Rebgong (Tongren) district, Gendun Lhundrub – formerly a monk at Rebgong’s Rongwo monastery – was arrested on December 2 by police monitoring his activities for signs of political disagreement. In October, Lhundrub released a collection of poems and wrote on social media that writers and artists should be allowed to freely express their thoughts and feelings without restriction.
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 went into exile in India. 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.
Lobsang Gelek Report for RFA’s Tibet Service. Translation of Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.