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8 December 2016 15:52
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Seven Tibetans were sentenced to long jail terms this week, some for celebrating the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama last year, according to US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA).

The People’s Intermediate Court in Barkham county handed down the sentences on Tuesday, Kanyak Tsering, a Tibetan monk exiled in Dharamsala, India, told RFA, citing contacts in the region.


Drukdra in an undated photo. Photo: RFA.

The seven Tibetans were given terms ranging from five to 14 years.

One of those jailed was Drukdra, a monk connected to the Kirti monastery in Ngaba prefecture – known as Aba in Chinese – in Sichuan province. The monastery is the site of protests against Beijing’s rule in recent years.

Tsering said that Drukdra was sentenced to 14 years. He was taken by police from his room in the monastery in November last year and his whereabouts were unknown until the sentencing.

“He is presumed to have been arrested out of suspicion that he arranged celebrations for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday,” Tsering said.

The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and traditionally governs Tibet. The current Dalai Lama fled Tibet to India in 1959 after a failed revolt against Chinese rule. Chinese authorities view him as a dangerous separatist, though the Dalai Lama says he only seeks greater autonomy for Tibet. In September, the Communist Party’s top official in the region said China would make countering his influence highest priority in ethnic work in Tibet, and vowed to uproot his “separatist and subversive” activities.

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Chinese authorities tightened restrictions across regions populated by Tibetans last year before the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday on July 6, 2015, posting warnings against celebrations and blocking public gatherings that could be linked to it, RFA previouslyreported.

Others convicted for celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday were Kirti monk Lobsang Khedrup, 44, sentenced to 13 years, and Bonkho Kyi, a 48 year old woman jailed for seven years, Tsering said.

The sentences were also reported by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, an NGO in Dharamsala run by Tibetans in exile.

Citing information received, the NGO reported that they were all sentenced after being held incommunicado for months, and family members only found out where they were after the sentencing.


Bhonkho Kyi (right) and Lobsang Gephel. Photo: TCHRD.

Drukdra – who earlier served time for his role in 2008 protests in Ngaba – organised a picnic to celebrate the exiled spiritual leader’s 80th birthday, the NGO reported. Bonkho Kyi also organised a picnic, and Lobsang Khedrup created a WeChat group for local Tibetans to offer their prayers for the occasion. All three had served jail sentences previously.

The court also handed down sentences for four others on Tuesday: 29-year-old Kirti monk Lobsang Gephel was jailed for 12 years, 41-year-old Kirti monk Lodroe was jailed for nine years, former monk Tsultrim was jailed for six years, and 35-year-old former Kirti monk Akyakya was jailed for five years.

A woman who picked up the phone at the Aba Intermediate People’s Court told HKFP she did not know about Drukdra’s case.


https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/...-terms-celebrating-dalai-lamas-80th-birthday/
 

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Imprisoning for 7 , 12, 13 years just for celebrating their religions guru.
 

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According to US funded radio free Asia? We all know what kind of propangada will come out from these western wings.. lol..

And we all know why OP got himself banned for spreading western source BS. :rofl:
 

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According to US funded radio free Asia? We all know what kind of propangada will come out from these western wings.. lol..

And we all know why OP got himself banned for spreading western source BS.
Yes, we all prefer chinese propaganda :lol:

Now start posting pictures of shiny cities, trains and articles about how you are "high IQ" :P
 

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Yes, we all prefer chinese propaganda :lol:

Now start posting pictures of shiny cities, trains and articles about how you are "high IQ" :P
Those are not propangada but truth. You can see go YouTube and see for yourself how India is lacking behind China by a thousand years.



:enjoy:
 

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Those are not propangada but truth. You can see go YouTube and see for yourself how India is lacking behind China by a thousand years.



:enjoy:
Yes, apparently in your world you think that the Chinese is know for being "truthful" :lol:

While in the rest of the real world, we know you as 50 cents bots.

Now its time for you to talk about 62 war. :P
 

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Yes, apparently in your world you think that the Chinese is know for being "truthful" :lol:

While in the rest of the real world, we know you as 50 cents bots.

Now its time for you to talk about 62 war. :P
Yes, hard facts and humiliation are hard to swallow. I am very fortunate not to be born an Indian. :enjoy:
 

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Yes, hard facts and humiliation are hard to swallow. I am very fortunate not to be born an Indian. :enjoy:
We too are fortunate that you are not born in India. :lol: ........... try swallowing some "made in china" fake eggs and artificial rice cooked in recycled gutter oil to discover some hard facts about china.

Indians are far to mature to swallow your propaganda. if you cannot even succeed in pdf, what chance do you in the real world ? :angel:
 

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We too are fortunate that you are not born in India. :lol: ........... try swallowing some "made in china" fake eggs and artificial rice cooked in recycled gutter oil to discover some hard facts about china.

Indians are far to mature to swallow your propaganda. if you cannot even succeed in pdf, what chance do you in the real world ? :angel:
Really, you just get pwned by me with the Indian elephant train vs China HSR video which is produced by Indian that most Indian can accept the fact India is lacking far behind China. Now we got a smart Alec bragging as if he got the upper hand. Yes, I admit in terms of propangada, Indians win hands down. When comes to facts and hard figure. China beat you a thousand times. :lol:
 

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Really, you just get pwned by me with the Indian elephant train vs China HSR video which is produced by Indian that most Indian can accept the fact India is lacking far behind China. Now we got a smart Alec bragging as if he got the upper hand. Yes, I admit in terms of propangada, Indians win hands down. When comes to facts and hard figure. China beat you a thousand times. :lol:
I did not bother to watch the video, but thank you for telling us what it contained.

What you do not realise is most Indians do not bother to view any of the propaganda videos you guys post. I am not even sure the pakistanis watch them.

Its funny that you should think that anyone would get "pwned" by that.

The reality is you spend time and effort to convince Indians that you need to be respected only because you desire our respect. Sadly no Indian desire your respect. Most recognise you guys as 50 cents bots and choose to ignore you. Even sensible pakistanis do.
 

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The report says India has the worst child malnutrition related mortality and largest number of abject poverty stricken population, is that also western 50 cents bots?
 

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We should learn from what India is doing in Kashmir and kill them, and bury them in numerous unmarked mass graves.
Dude
There is big difference.

Terrorist who take up guns, people who pelt stones (grievously injuring cops) and kids / mobs who... for money ...pelts stones and create law & order problems are dealt with the way it is dealt in civilized democracy. If they dont want injury, they can abide by the law of the land.....but they are free to celebrate , worship even Osama.

If India enforces rules like China, the J&K issue will get solved in a year.
 

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We too are fortunate that you are not born in India. :lol: ........... try swallowing some "made in china" fake eggs and artificial rice cooked in recycled gutter oil to discover some hard facts about china.

Indians are far to mature to swallow your propaganda. if you cannot even succeed in pdf, what chance do you in the real world ? :angel:
There are always two sides to every story. But there is exactly one side to every fact.
 
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