Latest protest in Ngaba

Security personnel in Tibet
Security personnel in Tibet. Credit: Marc Mahoney

2nd November 2015

Tashi arrested after latest in wave of solo protests

A 31-year-old Tibetan man called Tashi was detained by authorities after staging a solo protest on the main street of the Ngaba County town on 26 October 2015. His is the most recent in a series of such protests in the county, which has long been one of the most restive in Tibet.

Tashi carried a portrait photo of the Dalai Lama and walked down the street calling for Tibetan freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Tibetans have deep reverence for the Dalai Lama who has been exiled from Tibet for more than 50 years. China has banned his image, however, and Tibetans risk serious punishment for even having it privately.

Protesters arrested

Soon after Tashi's protest, police arrived at the scene and arrested him. He is being held at the detention centre in Ngaba County. Sources also say that communication lines in Ngaba County have been cut off since 10 September, when three separate protests took place in one day.

Tashi, a father of four, is from Village No. 5 of Meruma Township in Ngaba County. Many of the recent protesters in Ngaba are from Meruma.

On 8 September, local Tibetans videoed the protest and arrest of a 19 year-old monk who staged a solo protest in the town.