Two Tibetan monks have been arrested for protesting against Chinese rule in eastern Tibet reported Voice of Tibet (VoT), today.
The protest took place at around 11 am on June 6 in Kardze town, Kham province, an area which has witnessed repeated protests by Tibetans against Beijing’s rule. The report said that the unidentified monks from Kardze monastery raised slogans and distributed pamphlets calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in front of the police headquarters in Kardze town.
“The monks threw pamphlets in the air and raised slogans calling for the long life and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, and demanded freedom for Tibet”, the report said.
Citing eye witness accounts in Kardze, VoT quoted a source in exile, Tenzin Namgyal, saying that the police immediately rushed to the scene and arrested the monks after severely beating them with iron rods.
“Passersby saw blood dripping from the iron rods of the police and the pavements were stained with blood from the beating”, Tenzin Namgyal said.
No further details were available on where the monks are being detained.
The situation in Kardze is being described as tense with the public coming out in support of the actions of the monks.