DHARAMSALA, September 13: Chinese authorities in Driru County have arrested a Tibetan man on September 3 for protesting Chinese rule and demanding “independence” for Tibet, Ngawang Tharpa, a Tibetan exile with reliable contacts in the region, said.
68 year old Dayang was severely beaten up and arrested after he shouted slogans demanding “independence” for Tibet and praying for the long life of the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama during a visit of Chinese work-team officials and a cultural troupe from the Tibet Autonomous Region government, Tharpa said, citing his source in Driru.
Chinese work-team officials, accompanied by a cultural troupe from the Tibet Autonomous Region government are touring various villages and townships in Driru County to give political though education.
Dayang was from Dongla Rido village in Tsachu area in Driru County.
“Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, independence for Tibet”, chanted Dayang, raising a Tibetan traditional well-wishing scarf in his hands. He was immediately subdued and beaten up severely. He is currently receiving treatment in a hospital but his condition remains unknown as of September 9, the day Tharpa’s source gave the information.
Work – team officials from the Chinese government are carrying out various campaigns including political thought education in Dathang, Tarchen and Tsachu areas of Driru County, according to Tharpa. Around 1000 security personnel have been deployed in the various villages and townships in the County with each officer getting three households to keep an eye on.