Tibetan monk, held for lone protest, reported disappeared

Tibetan Review: Karma Rabten, a monk of Rata Monastery of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism in Chamdo County of Tibet Autonomous Region, was detained by Chinese police after he staged a lone protest in front of the county government offices on Jun 5, shouting slogans for Tibet, reported RFA.org (Radio Free Asia, Washington) Jun 15.

“He was immediately detained and taken away by police. No one knows where he is now,” the report quoted a source in Tibet as saying. However, following the protest, the authorities imposed tight surveillance on the monastery and its surrounding areas, the report added.

Chamdo County was already under security clampdown after a government building was bombed on Oct 26, 2011 and former monk Tenzin Phuntsog, 46, of Karma Monastery in Karma town of Chamdo prefecture immolated himself in protest against Chinese rule on Dec 1, 2011. The early morning bombing caused no casualties and the Chinese made life, especially religious life, impossible for the monks of Karma Monastery whom they blamed for the incident. Tenzin Phuntsog was said to have a son enrolled at the monastery.

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