More protests in eastern Tibet, many Tibetans detained

Tibet Custom, June 18 2011

DHARAMSHALA, India -- Many Tibetans have been detained in Kardze in eastern Tibet's Kham Province as their protests against the Chinese government's repression continue to escalate, Radio Free Asia reported.

“Nine Tibetans, consisting of a monk of Dhargyal Monastery, four nuns, two lay women, and two youths, staged protests on Saga Dawa, a major Buddhist festival observed on 15 June,” RFA quoted a Tibetan resident of Kardze as saying.

“Their names and other details about them are not known. However, the movements of local people are restricted, and armed police are everywhere.”

The monk from Dhargyal Monastery was identified as Ngawang Lobsang Yoyo, 37.

“On 14 June, he made offerings at the Kardze monastery and prayed in front of a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” a Tibetan living India with contacts in Kardze told RFA.

“Then, at about 7:00 a.m. On 15 June, he went to downtown Kardze and chose a spot where the largest number of people had gathered for the holiday. He threw leaflets into the air and knelt down, folding his hands in appeal and calling out for a few minutes for the long life of the Dalai Lama and for the freedom of Tibet,” the man said.

Shortly afterward, the protesting monk was detained and taken away by Chinese security forces, the man said.

A Chinese police official in Kardze answered a phone call from RFA confirming that “many” had been detained. “But I don’t know the reasons why. I am busy,” he said, before hanging up.

Meanwhile, a local Tibetan said that Chinese police had blocked Kardze’s downtown area from two sides.

“Monks and nuns are not allowed to enter the city area,” he said, adding that Tibetans traveling from outside villages and nomadic areas must seek permission from local officials before entering Kardze.