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Dharamshala: - Chinese authorities April 8 detained a young Tibetan man after marching alone along a street in Dege County, eastern Tibet, scattering paper flyers and shouting slogans calling the Long Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Tibet-Dege-Protest-2014-1Dharamshala: - Chinese authorities April 8 detained a young Tibetan man after marching alone along a street in Dege County, eastern Tibet, scattering paper flyers and shouting slogans calling the Long Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The protest received voices of support from Tibetan onlookers, who praised the young man's calls for the "long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama." After few minutes, a group of Chinese police took him to Dege district," a Tibetan monk living in exile told The Tibet Post.

"A crowd Tibetans around the street praised his brave action and also recited 'His Holiness the Dalai Lama,' expressing their support for the peaceful protest," he said, adding "his current whereabouts and wellbeing are unknown."

"This is what we are calling a youth, a happy man," locals called him " and they chanted "His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He continued protesting even after locals asked him to disappear from the secene, before Chinese police arrived," sources said.

"Later, many Tibetan have joined him in the protest against Chinese rule and calling long life His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Chinese police arrived at the scene and arrested him," he further said, citing with sources in the region.

Sources also confirmed "the youth's peaceful protest, which occured around about 12:00 p.m. local time. But The protester's name and other details also remain unknown."

According to the sources, "the local Tibetans in Manigego town, Yilhung area, Dege County formed a nonviolence group in June 2013, where several questions were raised, including condernming a recent fights between youths and vowed to prevent any further crisis in the future."

An unknown number of Tibetans were detained, arrested, and/or sentenced as a result of their political or religious activity. However, Chinese state media has no report of the ongoing crackdowns on protests in Tibet.

Chinese government promised in advance of the 2008 Olympics to allow travel by foreign journalists to report freely through the country, foreign journalists have never been permitted to enter the Tibet Autonomous region except in tightly managed few groups.

From February 2012, in advance of the anniversary of the 2008 protests, foreign journalists were blocked from traveling in most Tibetan areas of Kham and Amdho regions in eastern Tibet.

The regime severely restricted travel by foreign journalists in recent years. A few foreign journalists visited Tibet by merely participating in highly structured, government-organized tours during which the constant presence of government minders made independent reporting impossible.

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