Tibetan monk in critical condition following arrest and beating

Lobsang Tsultrim
Lobsang Tsultrim

21st October 2016

Lobsang Tsultrim was seized by police after conducting a peaceful solo protest in Ngaba

A Tibetan monk is in a critical condition after being arrested and beaten by police. Lobsang Tsultrim from Kirti monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, was arrested following a solo protest in Ngaba. He is now being detained in an unknown location.

Lobsang Tsultrim staged his solo protest at 1pm local time on 17 October. Following other solo protests in Tibet, he carried a portrait of the Dalai Lama, banned under Chinese law, as he walked along a street of Ngaba, popularly known as Pawo Street. "Pawo" means "Hero" or "Martyr" when translated into English.  He reportedly shouted slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and for the Dalai Lama’s long life.

Chinese security personnel quickly arrived to the scene and forcefully took Lobsang Tsultrim away.

Detention and hospital

No one has been able to reach Lobsang Tsultrim after his arbitrary arrest. However, local Tibetans have learnt that he was kept overnight by police in the detention centre, where he was severely beaten.

The beatings have left Lobsang Tsultrim in a critical condition and Chinese police had to take him in secret to a hospital the following day.  No further details of Lobsang Tsultrim’s whereabouts or current condition are known.

Following the arrest, Chinese police have tightened security in the area around Kirti Monastery.

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