Protester on the run in Tibet makes it to India

A Tibetan who was on the run for nearly three years after participating in a peaceful protest rally against Chinese rule in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) County of Sichuan Province has escaped to Nepal and made it to India, reported Radio Free Asia online (RFA) Nov 29. It said Namsa Wangden, originally from Shusor town in Kardze County, arrived with his wife and daughter at Dharamsala in the third week of Nov’10.

The family had crossed into Nepal in a group of six people in the first week of November.

The report said Wangden had taken part in a demonstration in Kardze in 2008, although it did not give any date or describe any particular protest incident of which there were many that year. He had said Chinese troops used iron bars and clubs, and finally fired on the protesters. The report said he was detained with 12 others but escaped into a forest of neighbouring Nyarong (Chinese: Xinlong) county, spending about four months in it. After many days without food, he joined a group of Tibetan nomads in the area.

A friend helped him to reach Lhasa where he was joined by his family. He and his group then set out for Nepal by a route he had taken once earlier.

However, he found the border security to be much tighter than before, with new military barracks and surveillance cameras and greater number of border patrols. His group could make it only in their third attempt while a group of eight who tried to follow them got caught.

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