(AsiaNews) - The fate of five young monks detained during night raids
at the Gyalrong Tsodun Monastery in Barkham County (Ngaba, Sichuan Province)
remains unknown. Lobsang Sangay, 19, Yarphel and Namsay, both 18, were taken
into custody by security personnel on 12 August 2012 from their cells. Nothing
is known of their current condition and whereabouts. On Thursday, two more
monks, Thupwang Tenzin, 20, and Asong, 22, were also taken from the same Buddhist
told Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD that the monks were
arbitrarily detained on the suspicion that they were involved with the recent
self-immolation protests that occurred at Tsodun Monastery in March and August
this year. However, it is not clear on what charges were laid against the
five young monks. There is also no information on where they are being held.
Monday, two young monks set themselves on fire to protest against Beijing. In
view of the situation, Chinese authorities have increased their security
presence and enhanced surveillance around Tsodun monastery,
which is home to about 300 monks.
military and police forces have been deployed in and around the site with heavy
restrictions placed on the monks' movements. The situation as "tense and
urgent," this according to eyewitness accounts.
Ongoing protest and appeals by foreign organisations and governments
have not influenced Chinese police, which continues to arrest and detain anyone
Beijing's grip on the Tibetan people has instead been tightened, leading
some scholars to say that Tibetans are victims of what amounts to outright
In fact, not only have Chinese authorities banned the teaching of the
Tibetan language and religion, but they have also imposed unfair development policies
that favour ethnic Han settlers and continue their attacks against Tibet's
cultural and intellectual elites.
This has pushed dozens of young Tibetans, both monks and not, to choose
self-immolation as an extreme form of protest. Since the start of this year,
dozens have chose fire as a means to protest against Beijing's dictatorship and
demand the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
attacks that describe the Dalai Lama as supporting "terrorists, criminals
or mentally ill people," the Tibetan spiritual leader has never encouraged such
extreme forms of revolt. He has however praised the "courage" of those who make
the ultimate sacrifice, which is the result of the "cultural genocide"
currently taking place in Tibet.