Two more Tibetans arrested after protest in Chengdu, China
Pema Dorjee, a Tibetan monk from Za Gonsar Monastery in Derge County, was arrested by police whilst carrying out a solo protest in Kardze County, Sichuan Province on 6 February 2015. The 17 year-old was heard shouting slogans of "Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama" and "Return His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet". Witnesses report around eight police officers beating him, badly injuring his face. His family have no news about his whereabouts.
Kardze solo protests
Kardze has been the scene of numerous solo protests in recent years.
Nomads take their protest to Chengdu, China
Two Tibetans have been arrested after taking part in a protest in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Tsepak and Jigshi Kyab were part of a protest outside a government building where senior Chinese officials were having a meeting on 28 January 2015. The protesters held banners saying “We will protect our land even at the cost of our lives”, “We became homeless after the land grab” and “Return our land”. In 2010, the regional Chinese government had confiscated the lands of 20 families, for a government rural development programme. The protesters, from Thangkor Village, Dzoege County, were forced to bring their complaints to Chengdu, which is the provincial capital, after being ignored for several years. Tsepak, a singer, and Jigshi Kyab, an English teacher, were forcibly arrested. It is believed the two were taken away because they were keeping evidence that the local authorities had promised to resolve their grievances. They were also the main interpreters during the protest.
The protesters were, however, allowed to take their petition to the regional general secretary who promised to deal with their complaints, and told to return home. On 29 January 2015, the local authorities in Dzoege County found out about the protest in Chengdu and threatened villagers with the withdrawal of government aid and imprisonment if the villagers visited higher authorities again.
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