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9 march 2012 002Dharamsala: Today, flyers were distributed for a third time near the Sok Tsenden Monastery calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and for the freedom of Tibet.

This is not the first time flyers have been dispersed here. On the 16th of December, 2011 police entered the monastery to investigate a similar incident, with one monk under suspicion.

That same monk, Kelsang Tsultrim age 19, disappeared one month later, on the 15th of January 2012. Inititally, Kelsang's father, Ang Juk, friends, and family suspected that he had escaped. However, they have not heard from him since then and now believe he had been arrested by Chinese authorities.

On the same day, January 15th, the Chinese also arrested four other monks, Choeying Jampa and Choeying Lobga, who were detained and interrogated for ten days; and Choeying Lojam and Choepel, who were given a sentence of undetermined duration a the beginning of February. Choeying Lojam and Choepel were initially arrested for having contraband images on their laptops, namely pictures of the self immolations at Ngaba Kirti Monastery. They are being held in the Nagchoe county prison.

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