(TibetanReview.net, Mar19, 2015) – Chinese police in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County of Sichuan Province had on Mar 17 arrested a teenaged Tibetan Buddhist monk after he carried out a lone street protest, praying long life for Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and shouting calls for freedom for Tibetans, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) and others Mar 18. The monk, Lobsang Kelsang, 19, belong to the local Kirti Monastery.
He was said to have carried a portrait of the Dalai Lama in one hand and scattered in the air paper prayer flags while shouting the slogans. The protest appeared to have lasted only minutes as patrolling Chinese police arrived on the scene soon and took him away.
This was the second such protest and detention in Ngaba in recent days. On Mar 8, Gendun Phuntsok, an 18-year-old monk of Kirti Monastery, was severely beaten and taken away by Chinese police. He too was taking out a lone street protest in Ngaba County-town, demanding the return of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and equal rights for all Tibetans. Both belong to Cha Village in the county’s Chuglay Gapma Township.