Tibetan singer detained for berating Chinese rule
(TibetanReview.net, Sep23, 2012) In a continuing trend of putting away artists and writers whose works are seen as disparaging Chinese rule in Tibet, a Tibetan singer and satirical skit performer has been detained on Sep 20 in Yulgan (Chinese: Henan) County of Malho (Chinese: Huangnan) prefecture, Qinghai Province, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Sep 21. The whereabouts of the detainee, Sogtruk Sherab, and his conditions remain unknown.
He was said to have sung several songs and staged many short satires on themes reflecting the difficult situation of the Tibetan people today under Chinese rule. In particular, he was said to have produced a skit celebrating the election last year of the exile Tibetan political leader Dr Lobsang Sangay.
Although no reasons were cited at the time the Chinese police took him away, the local Tibetans are reported to suspect that he was held due to his daring expressions on Tibet’s current situation through his songs and shows.
China has detained and jailed scores of Tibetan writers, artists, singers, and educators for asserting Tibetan national and cultural identity since widespread protests swept much of the Tibetan Plateau in 2008.
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