Another student leader of Machu school protests sentenced to 2 years prison

October 13

Dharamsala, October 13 – Another Tibetan student leader detained in March this year for leading a protest against the Chinese government on the second anniversary of the 2008 nation-wide uprising has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, Dolkar Kyap, a native of Machu now living here said.

Tsering Dorjee, who was detained in March was accused of leading protests by some 30 students from the Machu Tibetan Nationality Middle School in March this year. Over 500 other Tibetans later joined the student protest on March 14 this year demanding Tibetan independence and shouting against the lack of freedom, Kyap said in March this year. At least 40 people were detained following the protest.

Tsering was tried by an Intermediate Court in Kanlho Prefecture on September 8, 2010, and currently held at a detention centre in Tianshui in Gansu.

The students of the same school carried out their second protest on April 3, 2010, this time demanding reinstatement of the school’s headmaster and two of his Tibetan assistants who were earlier expelled due to the protests by students on the second anniversary of 2008 nationwide uprising.

The school’s headmaster Kyabchen Dedrol, and his two assistants —- Do Re and Choekyong Tseten -—were fired by Chinese authorities following the pro-independence protest by students on March 14, 2010 marking two years since the 2008 protests all over Tibet.

Two students, Ngawang Lhamo and Rabten Dorjee, were also expelled from school for criticising the government’s patriotic re-education campaign in April this year, Kyap added.

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