Tibetan man arrested for sharing pictures of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan flag

Gendun
Gendun

9th March 2017

Gendun is currently being held in detention in Kardze

A Tibetan man has been severely beaten and arrested for sharing pictures of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan national flag.  

The man, identified, as Gendun, is from Sershul County in Kardze, eastern Tibet. He shared the images on the Chinese instant messaging application WeChat.

Gendun also shared writings on the preservation of Tibetan language in various WeChat groups. 

Gendun is currently being held in Sershul County prison. Several other people were also detained and interrogated in connection with the messages but were later released.

Pictures of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan national flag are banned in Tibet and heavy punishments can be given if they are found.

A number of Tibetans have been arrested and sentenced in recent years for after being caught sharing information on WeChat. Last April, a woman and two men were detained after speaking with Tibetans living in exile about the Tibetan elections.

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