(TibetanReview.net, Dec 28, 2014) – Chinese paramilitary police have severely beaten and detained on Dec 26 a young Tibetan Buddhist monk within minutes of having set out on a lone protest march on the street of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County-town in Sichuan Province, according to several exile Tibetan media reports. Lobsang Tinley, a 21-year-old monk from the county’s Kirti Monastery, carried a portrait of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, while shouting prayers of long life for the Dalai Lama and slogans demanding freedom for Tibetans.
The incident was reported to have taken place around 4:40 PM, with the Chinese paramilitary police brutally assaulting the monk before taking him away. Many Tibetans who happened to be on the street during the protest were said to have been chased away while those who protested with raising of slogans to express solidarity with Tinley after he was taken away were reportedly also detained.
The monk’s parents live in Village No. 4 of Meruma Township, which is also the home of Tseypey Kyi, the 19 or 20 year old Tibetan girl who died on Dec 22 after she torched herself in protest against Chinese rule.
The authorities were reported to have stepped up security in the town, including with the deployment of additional paramilitary police and routine police, after the incident.