Tibet : Two more monks arrested
Two more Tibetans monks from Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet, have been arrested by the Chinese authorities.Gyatso, aged 42, was taken into custody on November 21, and Lobsang Gedun, aged 48, in mid-October.The reasons for the arrests remain unknown, as do the monks' current whereabouts.Gyatso is from Mesib village, Trotsig town, Ngaba County. He joined Kirti monastery as a child, engaged in Buddhist studies there, and taught at the monastery's school until it was shut down by the Chinese authorities.
Gyatso also wrote for various Tibetan magazines and newspapers, and is well-known for his Tibetan calligraphy and art.
Lobsang Gedun is from Kanyak village, Trotsig town, Ngaba County. He belongs to the Kalachakra institute at Kirti monastery, and was formerly in charge of discipline there. Gedun also became monk as child, and studied Buddhist philosophy.
The situation in Ngaba remains tense, with huge numbers of military in deployment, and many military personnel wearing Tibetan dress in order to be able to spy on locals. Increased restrictions include the banning of private vehicles from main roads.
At midnight, despite infiltrations by member of the Chinese authorities wearing Tibetan garb, and a heavy police presence, monks and local Tibetans offered prayers and butter lamps to those who have sacrificed their lives for Tibet.
During the day, there was also a huge police and military presence at the monastery's main entrance. Eye-witnesses reported that there were around ten military trucks, and that over 200 Chinese officials observed the monks during Gagen Ngachoe.