Tibet : Monk detained after protest in front of government offices
Chinese police have detained a Tibetan monk and tightened surveillance of his monastery after he staged a solitary protest in front of government offices in Tibet’s Chamdo county.Karma Rabten, a monk from Chamdo Rata monastery, protested in front of the Chamdo government offices and walked to a nearby square, shouting pro-Tibet slogans, on June 5.He was immediately detained and taken away by police.No one knows where he is now.The monastery and its surrounding area are now under strict surveillance.Chamdo county has been under tight security controls since the bombing of a government building there in October last year and the self-immolation in December of a former monk.
The Oct. 26 blast in Chamdo’s Dzagyu Karma township struck government offices in the early morning hours and caused no casualties.
Walls of the building had been painted with slogans in red calling for independence for Tibet, and leaflets had been scattered in the area, the source added.
Monks in the nearby Karma monastery were immediately confined inside their compound on suspicion of possible involvement in the blast. Most monks fled the facility a few days later to escape harassment.
On Dec. 1, a former Karma monastery monk, Tenzin Phuntsog, 46, set himself ablaze in the first self-immolation protest reported inside the TAR, a Tibetan living in exile said.
A source confirmed the incident and said that Tenzin Phuntsog had discussed “the status of Tibet and the Tibetan people’s welfare” with family and friends a few days before his fiery protest.
He was very frustrated by the recent imposition of restrictions on Karma monastery and by the detention of so many monks.
Before he set fire to himself, Tenzin Phuntsog shouted slogans and scattered leaflets.