Popular Tibetan comedian held in Lithang, whereabouts unknown

TibetanReview.net: A popular Tibetan comedian has been arrested in early Feb 2012 from a traditional Tibetan area that is now part of China’s Sichuan Province. Athar, 33, who runs a general store and who otherwise gives satirical stage performances in Lithang county of Karze (Chinese: Ganzi) prefecture, was taken away at night by a special Chinese police team acting on orders from Beijing, reported RFA.org (Radio Free Asia, Washington) Feb 24. He was a planning to release a video that criticized Chinese rule in Tibetan-populated regions.

The report cited exile Tibetan MP Mr Andrug Tseten as saying the incident took place around Feb 10 when many Chinese police, wearing black head gear, came to Athar’s shop in the evening, carried out a search operation in it and took away Athar later in the night.
Athar’s relative later went to the county police to enquire about him but were told that he was taken away by a special task force police assigned to arrest people involved in serious political matters on an order from higher authorities and that they did not know where.

Popular Posts