By Tendar Tsering
DHARAMSHALA, March 28: China arrested a popular Tibetan singer, Ugyen Tenzin after his album praising the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay went viral last month.
Reports coming out of Tibet indicate that Ugyen Tenzin was arrested amidst prevailing crackdown in Kham Ngangchen of Tibet in mid-February following the release of his album.
“China is targeting the Tibetan singers and writers because they are the ones who inspire the fellow Tibetans to stand in front of the Chinese guns amids the crackdown in Tibet,” Jamphel Monlam, the assistant director of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.
Since 2008, China has arrested around 60 Tibetan artists, Jamphel added.
According to the US based Radio Free Asia, the 25-year-old Tibetan singer just went under a surgery prior to his arrest, putting him in a critical condition.
Ugyen sang songs praising the de facto Tibetan Prime Minister, Dr Lobsang Sangay and Gyalwang Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee.
Following Tapey’s self-immolation, 29 more Tibetans in Tibet have torched their bodies calling for freedom in Tibet and return of the Dalai Lama from exile.
Recent mass protests have been violently suppressed with indiscriminate firings and suspected protesters are being rounded up in large scale manhunts and night time raids.