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China detains Tibetan businessman after lone protest

Pasang Wangchug, also called Ngodrug, aged 37. (Photo courtesy: TCHRD)
Pasang Wangchug, also called Ngodrug, aged 37. (Photo courtesy: TCHRD)

(TibetanReview.net, Oct09, 2014) –A Tibetan businessman was detained by Chinese police on Oct 4 after he staged a lone protest in the crowded marketplace of Karze (Chinese Ganzi) County-town in Sichuan Province, said Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Oct 7. Pasang Wangchug, also called Ngodrug, aged 37, according to Radio Free Asia (Washington) Oct 7, continued his protest for about 10 minutes before Chinese police arrived on the scene and took him away. His whereabouts continue remain unknown.

It was a well-prepared protest with the man carrying a white banner bearing texts calling for human rights, freedom, and the Dalai Lama’s return from exile. The man was also reported to have shouted prayers of long-life for the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, and for religious freedom.

The reports describe Pasang Wangchug as a successful businessman who involves himself in charity work as well and as a person with deep fellow-Tibetan feeling.

The father of three – two daughters and a son – also has a sister, named as Poewang, who was jailed for two and half years for taking part in a 2008 Tibet uprising protest in her locality. She is said to suffer from physical disabilities as a result of torture by Chinese police during that imprisonment.

Pasang Wangchug belongs to Buchu Yarkhab village in the county’s Serchu Township.

Pasang Wangchuk displays a protest banner in downtown Kardze, Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: TCHRD)
Pasang Wangchuk displays a protest banner in downtown Kardze, Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: TCHRD)

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