Five arrested in Wonpo for raising Tibetan flag
Phayul[Friday, October 19, 2012 01:18]
Chinese armed forces in Wonpo region of Dzachukha, eastern Tibet following the arrest of five Tibetans on October 15, 2012.
Chinese armed forces in Wonpo region of Dzachukha, eastern Tibet following the arrest of five Tibetans on October 15, 2012.
DHARAMSHALA, October 19: In continuing crackdown and arbitrary detentions in Tibet, Chinese security personnel have arrested five Tibetans in Wonpo region of Dzachukha, eastern Tibet.

Speaking to Phayul, Jampa Yonten, a monk living in south India with close contacts in the region said the arrests were made during a night raid on October 15.

“Chinese security forces entered the region in large numbers in the night and blocked the exits and cut all communication channels,” Yonten said. “Five Tibetans were arrested during the raid.”

The identity of those arrested and their wellbeing and whereabouts are not presently known.

The same source said that the next day, Chinese authorities summoned one member each from every family in the Wonpo region and warned them against carrying out protests during political re-education sessions, which they said, will be carried out in the area.

“Following the arrests, the warnings, and the large deployment of Chinese armed forces, the entire region is very tense and under strict surveillance,” Yonten added.

It is believed that the five Tibetans were arrested in connection with a Tibetan flag-raising incident that was reported from the region earlier this September.

In an expression of defiance against China’s rule, protesters pulled down a Chinese flag and raised the Tibetan national flag at a school in Wonpo on September 7.

Leaflets carrying the words ‘Freedom for Tibet,’ written in red ink were also found scattered on the school grounds.

Although, local Chinese officials did not make any arrests, they vowed to investigate the incident.

In the same region, earlier this year in February, Tibetans had pulled down a Chinese flag at a flag raising ceremony.

In April 2008, during the pan-Tibet uprisings, monks at the Wonpo Monastery had refused to hoist the Chinese flag at a flag raising ceremony on the top of their monastery. In the increased repression and house-to-house raids that followed, a Tibetan woman named Tri Lhamo committed suicide soon after Chinese security personnel barged into her home and tore down and trampled upon photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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