Monk Losang Thubten undertook a solo protest on 2 May 2016 at around 3pm in Ngaba, Sichuan Province.
From Meruma Township in Ngaba County, Losang Thubten carried a portrait of the Dalai Lama on the main street of Ngaba town. Pictures of the Dalai Lama are banned in Tibet. After only a few minutes of peaceful protest, police arrived on site, manhandled him and took him away (see video at bottom of page). His current whereabouts is unknown.
New report on monasteries in Tibet
Losang Thubten is a monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba. The monastery is very well known for its political activism.
Free Tibet's research partner, Tibet Watch, has published a new report on the role of monasteries in Tibetan resistance. The comprehensive report examines the historic role of monasteries in Tibetan life and the story of resistance and repression since the Chinese invasion in 1950. Kirti Monastery is profiled in depth.
In 2008, a demonstration by monks and laypeople in Ngaba was fired upon by police, killing 23 people. Following the incident, 100 Kirti monks were arrested and military forces were stationed inside Kirti for nearly a year.
Losang Thubten's arrest
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Losang Thubten has joined hundreds of imprisoned monks and nuns in Tibet. Find out more about Tibet's Robed Resisters and how you can contact authorities to raise their cases