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[13 July 2012] Reports continue to emerge from Tibet of Tibetans risking their freedom and lives to protest against China's brutal rule. Two young Tibetans recently staged separate demonstrations in eastern Tibet calling for the release of political prisoners and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Both were reported to have been beaten by Chinese security forces before being detained.

Jigme DolmaOn 24 June, Jigme Dolma (pictured right), a 17-year old Tibetan girl, undertook a solitary demonstration in Kardze town, Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) prefecture, in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham (now part of China's Sichuan province).

According to a local source, Jigme Dolma began her protest on a  bridge and then walked towards Kardze town centre, throwing leaflets in the air whilst calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, freedom for Tibet and for the authorities to release the Panchen Lama and all political prisoners. As she reached the centre police officers apprehended her, with witnesses saying that she was being beaten as she taken away.

Four days later family members found Jigme Dolma in hospital with serious injuries and her arm in a sling. One report indicates she is in "critical condition". Due to China's efforts to block communications to Tibetan regions Jigme Dolma's current condition and status cannot be confirmed.

On 4 July another solitary protest took place in Karze town. Kelsang Tenzin, 22, threw leaflets in the air as he shouted for the return of the Dalai Lama and the release of all political prisoners. According to a local source, Kelsang protested for about 10 to 15 minutes before he was arrested by Chinese security personnel.

The souce said Kelsang was "severely beaten" by the security personnel as he was taken away and that since his arrest relatives have not been allowed to visit him. His current condition is not known.

Further reading:
Jigme Dolma - TCHRD I RFA I Phayul
Kelsang Tenzin - RFA
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