Video shows arrest of Tibetan protester

Lobsang Kalsang
Lobsang Kalsang
8th September 2015

Teenage monk seized by police

A 19-year-old Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County, eastern Tibet is the latest to carry out a solo protest calling for freedom in Tibet.

Lobsang Kalsang’s protest took place on 7 September 2015 on a main street in Ngaba County.

Rare close up footage

Three separate videos have emerged of his protest. The first shows him walking down a main street in Ngaba, passing a local police station and shouting “Freedom in Tibet” and “May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live for thousands of aeons”.

The below video shows him being roughly grabbed by a large group of policemen and then riot police dispersing a crowd gathering at the scene of arrest.

It is believed that another Tibetan has been arrested at the protest site although their identity is unknown.

Tibetan resistance

Last year, Lobsang Kalsang’s roommate and cousin Lobsang Tenpa was sentenced to two years in prison for carrying out a similar protest.

In 2008, his uncles Tsedhag and Choephel were sentenced to six and four years in prison respectively for unknown reasons. 

Monks from Kirti monastery have been among the most active protesters against Chinese rule in recent years and Ngaba has been the scene of fatal shootings and beatings by security forces. 

Arrested for image of the Dalai Lama

Information has recently emerged that, elsewhere in Tibet, 46-year-old Gomar Choephel was arrested in July for unknown reasons.

A monk in Rebkong in north-east tibet, local Tibetans believe his arrest could be for possessing photos and teachings of the Dalai Lama.


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