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