Tuesday 25 January 2011

Monk driven to suicide by Chinese harassment

(TibetanReview.net, Jan21, 2011) Unbearable harassment over his meeting with the Dalai Lama in 2007 has recently driven a monk in northern Tibet’s Sog County to commit suicide by hanging himself by his neck in his living quarter, reported Oslo-based Voice of Tibet radio service Jan 18. It said Lobsang Palden, 48, was found dead on Nov 15’10 at Dradhel monastery in Trido township, Nagchu prefecture.

Chinese officials from the local Religious Affairs Bureau were reported to have constantly harassed and threatened him for his alleged links with the Dalai Lama simply because of the 2007 meeting. They were reported to have interrogated him for several hours before his death and to have threatened to expel him from the monastery.

The monk was said to have initiated several development works in his hometown as well as at his monastery, which is located within it; they earned him great love and respect from the local Tibetans.

Shocked local Tibetans were reported to have deeply mourned his death and performed the death rituals for him.

The report also said that a man named Kalsang Norden from the same locality had been sentenced to two year in jail his alleged “connections with outside separatist forces”. He was said to have been arrested in 2009 in connection with his use of the popular Chinese chat site qq.com. The date of the sentence is not clear.

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