Dharamshala: Tashi Dhondup, a famous singer from Amdo province in Tibet, received a hero's welcome as he arrived home after a year in a forced labour camp.
Chinese authorities arrested him for the lyrics on his second album, ‘Torture without wounds', which spoke of "The pain that there is no freedom in the land of Tibet/The pain that the heritage of our ancestors has been taken away," a clear reference to China's invasion of 1950. "These songs ... contained serious provocative themes," wrote the Re-Education Through Labor Committee according to Radio Free Asia.
Tashi Dhondup had already been detained in 2008, after the release of his first album, which was qualified as "counter-revolutionary" by China. During his detention, police beat him severely.