By Kalsang Rinchen
Dharamsala, May 12 - Chinese authorities in Tibet's Ngaba County have arrested a 21 year old Tibetan monk of Kirti monastery on Monday, a Tibetan source living here said.
Lobsang Rinchen was arrested from his monastic quarter by Chinese intelligence officials from the Chinese State Security and the Public Security Bureau. Lobsang is the son of Tsamring Tsang family of pastoral division 2 of Meuruma township in Ngaba county. It is not yet known what led to Lobsang's arrest.
As Tibetan monasteries and communities in Ngaba, especially Kirti monastery, remain under tight restriction, the Chinese authorities continue to subject monks and local Tibetans to long sessions of ‘Patriotic Reeducation' campaign which requires the Tibetans to denounce the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, among other conditions.
The Kirti monastery continues to be under strict control by Chinese security forces in yellow uniforms that was never seen before while armed soldiers hiding in military trucks parked around the monastery trying not be filmed or get pictures taken as evidence of armed troops' presence in the monastery are keeping a close watch on the monastery that has been the centre of political dissent since 2008. The situation at the monastery remains tense even as Tibetan exiles around the world continue to lobby for a peaceful resolution of the crisis there.
Chinese authorities tightened security and its stranglehold on Ngaba in general and the Kirti monastery in particular since the death of a Tibetan monk named Phuntsok that sparked off protests by Tibetans and a massive arrest drive by Chinese authorities since mid March.
Around 300 monks were forced into military trucks and taken to unknown location on April 21, 2011 and two elderly Tibetans among a group camped near the monastery were beaten to death while they tried to stop Chinese security forces from taking the monks away.