Peaceful protester arrested in Kardze

1st December 2015

Footage shows five policemen wrestling lone protestor to the ground

Footage obtained by Free Tibet shows a Tibetan man being wrestled to the ground and arrested by a large group of policemen after carrying out a peaceful solitary protest. The incident took place on 27 November in Kardze in the Tibetan region of Kham. The current whereabouts of the man, a 29 year old called Sangay, are unknown.

In the footage, Sangay walks through the market in Kardze, throwing papers with small prayers written on them, known as windhorses, in the air. At one point during his short protest he shouts for the Dalai Lama’s long life. Sangay’s protest abruptly ends when two policemen race after him and wrestle him to the ground. More policemen then arrive to further restrain him.

Peaceful acts of resistance

Only days before his protest, Sangay had seen a photograph of the Dalai Lama's 1959 escape from Tibet to India. He had become distressed, and had also expressed worry and sadness at the advanced age of the Dalai Lama, who this year turned 80.

Authorities in Tibet enforce severe restrictions on freedom of expression throughout Tibet. Acts such as attending a peaceful protest, owning images of the Dalai Lama and calling for the Dalai Lama’s long life can result in arrest and long prison sentences.

Relatives and friends have received no information from the authorities about the whereabouts or present condition of Sangay. In numerous cases Tibetans have virtually disappeared without trace after being arrested due to the authorities’ refusal to disclose their whereabouts. Prisoners in such conditions face a real risk of torture.

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