Ludup was released after serving four years in jail
A political prisoner arrested in connection with a self-immolation protest in 2012 was released last week. Ludup, a monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, served four years in prison, having originally been sentenced to five years.
Ludup was arrested in July 2012 following the self-immolation of fellow monk Lobsang Lobzin. Lobsang Lobzin, an 18-year-old monk who was also from Kirti Monastery, set himself on fire inside the monastery on 17 July and died from his wounds at the scene of his protest. Following his death, Chinese security forces attempted to gain access to the monastery but were impeded by local Tibetans.
The involvement of Ludup in Lobsang Lobzin’s fatal protest is unclear, but later that month he was arrested and charged for his alleged involvement. He was later sentenced to five years in prison.
A centre of protest
Since 2011 there have been over 140 self-immolation protests in Tibet, with at least 20 monks from Kirti Monastery among that number. Many of them shouted slogans before they died, calling for the return of the Dalai Lama or for Tibet to be free.
During this period, a number of other monks from Kirti Monastery have been arrested in connection with self-immolation protests, Among them are Sangay Gyaltsen, who served two years in prison between 2012 and 2014, Thargyal, who was released in 2015 after serving three years in prison, and Yarpel and Kalsang Gyatso, who are both still in prison serving sentences of six and ten years respectively.
Ludup was released on 2 September and he reached his home the next day. His release was warmly welcomed by his co-prisoners and fellow monks.
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