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Dharamshala — Sources coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan father-of-four was arrested by Chinese authorities in Ngaba County, north-eastern Tibet for staging peaceful protest against Chinese rule by shouting slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"Tashi, a 31-year-old man was held by Chinese police on October 26, within minutes of having started his protest march on the county-town street," said Kanyak Tsering, a monk from Dharamshala-based Kirti Monastery October 30.

"Tashi took to the main street of Ngaba town, holding a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama," and shouted slogans calling for "freedom in Tibet" and "return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama," Ven Tsering said.

"Chinese authorities arrived at the scene within minutes and arrested him. His conditions remain unknown and he is currently in Chinese police custody," the monk said, citing sources in the region.

Tashi, a native of village no. 5 of Meruma town, Ngaba County in Amdo Region of north-eastern Tibet Tibet (Ch: Aba County, Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in the north-west of Sichuan Province). "His wife's name is Kalpe and has four children: two sons and two daughters."

Fear is growing in Ngaba Count of Tibet as dozens of Tibetans, including monks and women were arrested and disappeared in the past recent months.

Earlier this month, Chinese authorities have detained a 15-yr-old Tibetan monk for staging peaceful protest and shouting slogans calling for "freedom in Tibet" and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

The situation in Ngaba County has deteriorated with "patriotic re-education" campaign since widespread peaceful protests swept the most parts of Tibet in 2008.

Tibetans are arbitrarily arrested, severely beaten, and imprisoned by the Chinese police forces for staging peaceful protests and even expressing their views in favour of Human Rights, including religious freedom.

All communications, include Internet lines in the county and surrounding areas severely restricted and oftenly blocked, except for Chinese government offices and institutions.

Tibetans are under heavy surveillance by the increasing number of Chinese police forces, with security checkpoints and Chinese work team officials monitoring their movements and activities, as was reported earlier.

The list of Tibetans arrested and detained by the Chinese police and security forces for staging peaceful protests in favor of freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is consistently growing in recent months. This tendency clearly contradicts China's recently released white paper, which claims that Tibet has reached its 'golden age'.

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