Two more Tibetans arrested from Zachukha for demanding Tibet’s independence

Choegyal(R) and Yonten(L) along with the picture of the leaflets they hurled calling for Tibet’s Independence.

DHARAMSALA, 21 Nov: Chinese authorities have arrested two more Tibetans from Zachukha in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham for staging a protest demanding Tibet’s independence in front of a Chinese police station in the region.

Choegyal and Yonten were arrested by the Chinese police on Thursday afternoon immediately after they shouted slogans calling for Tibet’s independence while hurling pamphlets demanding the same in front of a Chinese police station in Dza Wonpo village in the region, sources told Tibet Express.

According to the sources, the duo have prepared a video clip ahead of their protest that features exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with ‘Independence for Tibet’ written with black and red ink in Tibetan on scores of leaflets they scattered during their protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet which they shared on Chinese micro-messaging app WeChat.

The arrest of the two Tibetan youth came after heightened security and surveillance in the region following the arrest of four monks from Dza Wonpo Gaden Shedrup Dhargyaling monastery in the region on 7 Nov earlier this month for carrying a similar protest.

Screenshot of Yonten’s post on Wechat (R) and that of Choegyal’s on left.

Additionally, before they staged the protest, the duo has also expressed their support for the arrested monks in their post on WeChat.

As it stands, there is no information about their whereabouts following their arrest by the Chinese police.

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