“Pema Dorjee, a 17-year-old Tibetan monk was severely beaten and arrested by Chinese police in Karze County, eastern Tibet on Friday afternoon at 2pm, January 6, 2015,” Ven Yeshe, a Tibetan monk living in South India told the Tibet Post International.
“A group of eight Chinese police officers arrived at the scene. He was beaten very severely and had a badly injured face when he was taken away,” he said.
“Dorjee called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and raised slogans for his long life,” the source added.
Witnesses also said “the monk was shouting the slogans and bleeding heavily from his face when he was detained.”
Dorjee is a native of Dzakhok, Dege County in Kham Region of eastern Tibet. He had previously studied in Serta Larung Monastery. His father’s name is Lhagya and his mother’s name is Meyang.
The movement of Tibetans has been strictly controlled by Chinese authorities since 2008. Many Tibetans from the Dege and Karze have disappeared, while many have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms on charges of “subversion”.
In Tibet today, Tibetans are being arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned and tortured for merely expressing their suffering under Chinese rule. However, authorities in Beijing still claim that “China ‘peacefully liberated’ Tibet, and that the “Tibetans are living in a Maoist socialist paradise.”