Chamdo protester beaten to death


(, Jan 28) – Pema Tsepak, one of the three Tibetans who staged a protest march to the Dzogang county police headquarters in Chamdo Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region on Jan 20 died in hospital on Jan 23 as a result of beating by police. The 24-year-old youth died in the prefectural hospital where he had been taken as the county hospital could not handle his injuries, which included serious damages to his intestine and kidney, reported Jan 278, citing Dharamsala-based Tsawa Community member Yeshi Tsomo.

Dechen Dolma, the girl held for being in possession of Tsepak’s mobile phone on Jan 20, was released on Jan 24.

There is no report yet on the condition of the other two: Thinley Ngodrub, 24, and his brother Thargyal, 23. Both are reported to be held in the prefectural jail. All three were from Punda Town in the county.

Also, of the three Tibetans who staged a protest in the same county on Jan 22, Thinlay Gyatso, 44, and Lobsang Lhamo, 27, were released on Jan 24. Norbu Tashi, 29, continues to be held in the county jail.


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