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Tibet-singer-Gebe-2014Dharamshala: - Sources coming from Tibet say, a popular Tibetan singer has been arrested following a cultural awareness concert with performers from other regions of Tibet.

The 27-year- old Tibetan singer, known as Gepe, was arrested Saturday, May 24, 2014 by Chinese security forces after a concert that thousands of fans and music enthusiasts attended,' Tashi, a monk currently living in exile in South India told The Tibet Post International.

Sources said that a group of Tibetan youngsters had organized the concert and received the proper permission from Chinese authorities.

"The organisers have applied for a permit from local government offices, including local police to have Gepe performing at the concert. But the Chinese security forces came and forcefully taken him away on the first day of concert while he was having dinner.

Sources added that the cultural concert was held with the aim of creating awareness among Tibetan youth about the importance of the Tibetan language and culture.'

Sources said that 'he is currently in custody at Chinese Police investigation in Sichuan province. His family could not understand why he was arrested and asked the officials to explain his whereabouts, police however have refused official comment on the matter.'

'There has been no news about the condition of the Tibetan singer who has not been allowed to contact his family,' it further said.

Gebe's latest album release in 2012 contained, among popular songs, "Victorious Tibet," Tashi further said.

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