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21may20092Dharamshala: A source from Tibet said, the Tibetan religious festival (Sagadawa) was celebrated in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet on 7th June, on this day Lord Buddha Sakyamuni was born, reached enlightenment, and died. A peaceful procession of 200 Tibetan worshipers visited Jokhang temple in the center of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, to perform religious rituals, and to made offerings to the gods and to the poor.  The pilgrims were interrupted and some were taken into custody by Chinese forces, others fled and warrants have been issued for their arrests.

13 June 2009 Lhasa, the Tibetan capital resident Trinley Dhondup from Khagang village in Dege Jodha county was arrested under the accusation of involvement in religious ceremonies earlier this month.  He was arrested while attempting to flee Lhasa and escape arrest.  Trinley was imprisoned for a time last year following the March 10 demonstration.  Swelling of police forces at check points on Tibet’s main highways  made it impossible to leave the capital or move freely throughout the country.  The main road from Lhasa through Nagchu to Chamdo has an increase in the already prominent police patrols. Warrants have been issued to arrest  all Tibetans who took part in the ceremony .

Since March 2008 over 220 Tibetans have been killed, 1,294 injured and 290 sentenced, more than 5,600 were arrested or detained and over 1,000 disappeared after the Chinese armed military deadly cracked down in all parts of Tibet.  Newly minted warrants and ramped up security forces make life increasingly more difficult for Tibetans to live inside of Tibet.  China’s human rights violations are swept under the “rug” of propaganda because foreign journalists are highly restricted throughout Tibet.

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