Jigme, the Tibetan Monk Who Spoke Against Chinese Police, Is Arrested

The political fallout from the March anti-Chinese Tibetan unrest continues.  Jigme, a Tibetan monk who was taken into police custody on suspicion of involvement in the Lhasa riots, has been in hiding since speaking out on the Internet and to the foreign press about his treatment in detainment.  He was arrested today after returning to his monastery.  From the Times Online:

More than 70 police, including members of the paramilitary People’s Armed Police, raided the dormitory of the Labrang monastery in western China that was Jigme’s home, sources told The Times.

Police vehicles, their sirens wailing, drew up outside the monastery just after midday. Armed officers poured out and entered Jigme’s cell near the front of the ancient edifice that sprawls up a hillside in Gansu province.

[…]Friends told The Times that he decided to return to his monastery after police, who had  visited his family, said he would be safe from arrest if he returned to his monastery. With the onset of winter, he decided to believe the authorities.

CDT’s previous coverage of Jigme’s story, found here, has details of his experiences in prison and includes this YouTube video of his testimony (in Tibetan):

Read more about the Lhasa riots here on CDT.

November 4, 2008 11:16 AM
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