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China arrests two monks in Golok, expels schoolteacher
Phayul[Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:19]
DHARAMSHALA, December 17: Chinese police in Pema County in Golok have arrested two monks of Jonang Akong monastery, reported the Voice of Tibet radio. The Chinese police entered the monastery on the night of Dec. 9 and arrested Dhelo Kyab and Choepa Kyab, both monks of Akong monastery.

There is no further information about the two due to strict monitoring of all communication facilities in the county, a Tibetan source said. Earlier last month, seven Tibetans including three monks of Jonang Akong monastery were arrested for their alleged links to the recent self immolation protest by a Tibetan youth named Tsering Gyal on November 11.

In another incident, the Chinese authorities have raided the home of Khenpo Yeshi Nyingpo, the abbot of Chokri monastery in the County on Dec 1. The same source said Chinese police suspect Khenpo to be in possession of "banned pictures" in his WeChat App. Police took pictures of his home but could not arrest him as he was not home on the day of the raid, the source added.

Meanwhile, a female Tibetan teacher named Yangtso has been sacked from her job by the authorities who reportedly found pictures of self immolator Tsering Gyal and texts requesting post death prayer offerings for Gyal in her WeChat App. Yangtso is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital for injuries she sustained after being beaten up by the police.

Tsering Gyal, 20, died after a self immolation protest against Chinese government in Pema County in Golog on Nov. 11. Engulfed in flames, Gyal collapsed after walking a few meters towards the County headquarters from a giant lotus made up of concrete at the centre of the town. Chinese police on street patrol arrived at the scene and doused the fire. Tsering was rushed to the county hospital but he succumbed to his burns on the way to a bigger hospital in Xiling.

Following the self immolation protest by Gyal, a large number of armed forces have been deployed in the Akong monastery campus and nearby areas.

Since 2009, 123 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet protesting China’s occupation of Tibet and its hard-line policies.

The Chinese government vows to respond to the self-immolations with even harsher policies, criminalizing the fiery protests and sentencing scores of people to heavy prison terms on charges of “intentional homicide” for their alleged roles in self-immolation protests.
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