China detains Tibetan student for blog activism

Mewu Soepa in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy: RFA)
Mewu Soepa in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

(, Dec30, 2014) – Chinese police have detained a Tibetan student of literature apparently for his blog postings which among other things included a tribute to Tseypey Kyi, a 19-20 year-old nomadic girl who died on Dec 22 after carrying out a self-immolation protest against Chinese rule in Meruma township market of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County, Sichuan Province. Meu Soepa, 21, was held during his vacation on Dec 27 while travelling in a car from Meruma Township to Ngaba County-town, said Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and another report Dec 28-29.

Soepa, a resident of Village No. 3 in Meruma Township of Ngaba County, is a second-year student at the Northwest University for Nationalities in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province. The centre said the detention was carried out by a group of officers from the Ngaba County Stability Maintenance Office and Public Security Bureau (PSB, the regular police).

An outspoken critic of Chinese policies in Tibetan areas, Soepa had posted a number of articles and essays on a blog forum managed by him. These included an essay titled “Raise your fist for freedom” and another one titled “Chinese, won’t you let us live now? We have had enough of your oppression!” One of his more recent postings was a tribute to Tsepey Kyi title ‘Pamo’ (martyr). The centre said the original version was in Chinese.

Before Lanzhou, Soepa had gone to school in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, under China’s program of selecting bright Tibetan children below 18 years of age for educational upbringing in schools in China.


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