By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 25 January 2021
Exile Tibetans in McLeod Ganj marched in a candlelight vigil to mourn and protest the death in Chinese custody of a Tibetan teenager in Tibet.
Nineteen-year-old Tenzin Nyima, also called Tamey, a Tibetan monk from Dza Wonpo monastery in Kardze, in Kham region in eastern Tibet, now incorporated in Sichuan Province, has died on 19 January, after being severely beaten and tortured by Chinese authorities for a peaceful protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.
Nyima distributed hundreds of hand-written leaflets outside the local government offices and around the area calling for Tibetan independence on 7 November 2019. He was arrested the same day.
Following his protest, six others, among them four monks and two laypersons, also staged similar protests. They were all arrested and each sentenced to five years in prison.
Gonpo Dhondup, President of the Tibetan Youth Congress, blasted China for the continued repressive policies in Tibet. “Tibetans in Tibet live under severe human rights conditions, intense surveillance in their daily lives, but the people are not giving up the fight for their freedom.”
“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Tibet. Generations may change, but our fight for justice and freedom will not cease.”