Video footage shows Tashi Dhondup protesting shortly before his arrest
A Tibetan man was arrested on 19 December after carrying out a solo protest in Dzoge, Ngaba County in east Tibet. Footage obtained by Free Tibet shows Tashi Dhondup running through the street with a Buddhist flag on his back, carrying a portrait of the Dalai Lama. The video, taken from a passing vehicle, ends before his arrest takes place.
Tashi Dhondup’s current whereabouts and circumstances are unknown. He is one of a number of Tibetans to have been arrested in Tibet this year for carrying out lone protests against the occupation or calling for the Dalai Lama’s return from exile.
Three weeks ago Free Tibet revealed footage of Sangay, a protester from Kardze, in the Tibetan region of Kham, who was seized by five police officers while he was walking through the market, throwing papers with small prayers written on them into the air. His whereabouts are still unknown.
In November two monks, also from Ngaba County, were sentenced to four and three-and-a-half years in prison for separate protests in which they walked the road with portraits of the Dalai Lama and shouted slogans calling for a free Tibet. Gedon Phuntsok and Lobsang Kalsang, had been arrested separately in March and then had disappeared from public view until their trials eight months later.
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