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China detains two monks for online chat about fellow-Tibetan’s self-immolation

Sangye Tso, a 36-year-old mother of two, torched herself around 4am in front of a Chinese security and re-education building located in the compound of Tashi Choekorling Monastery in Choparshing Village, Dorkok Township.
Sangye Tso, a 36-year-old mother of two, torched herself around 4am in front of a Chinese security and re-education building located in the compound of Tashi Choekorling Monastery in Choparshing Village, Dorkok Township.

(TibetanReview.net, Jun11, 2015) – Chinese police have detained two monks of a monastery in Dokhog (Chinese: Daogao) Township of Chone (Zhuoni) County in Gansu Province near which a Tibetan woman had died on May 27 after she torched herself in protest against Chinese rule, according to Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Jun 9. Both the monks, in their 20’s, originally belonged to the self-immolator Sangye Tso’s village of Meru Sipa in Nyinpa (Niba) Township, Chone County.

Samten Gyatso, a student at Choephel Shing Tashi Choekorling Monastery’s Tibetan Medicine college, was taken away on Jun 4. The other monk, Lobsang Tenzin, a student of the monastery’s Buddhist dialectics college, was taken away a day later.

As in the case of all arrests and detentions in Tibet, the Chinese police have not bothered to give any reason for taking them away, or as to where they were being held. It is believed, however, that they were being punished as the Chinese police suspected them of having shared information about Sangyal Tso’s self-immolation protest over online social media platforms such as WeChat.

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