Tibetan jailed for singing about hardship under Chinese rule

TibetanReview: Chinese authorities in Barkham (Chiense: Ma’erkang) County of Ngaba (Chiense: aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, have arrested on Aug 3 a popular physically handicapped Tibetan singer named Phuljung for having recorded songs that praised the Dalai Lama and highlighted the hardship of life under Chinese rule, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Aug 21. Phuljung, a resident of Anchok Town in Chuchen (Chinese: Jinchuan) County, Ngaba, was in hiding for two-three months after the Chinese authorities issued an order for his arrest.

Three monks from Golog (Chinese: Guoluo) Prefecture in Sichuan Province who wrote the lyrics for some of Phuljung’s songs were also reported to be hiding in the hills for over a month.

The report said that among a collection of 13 songs Phuljung released in May on his fifth DVD, titled as “Our Heavy Responsibility,” were songs praising the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s exile political leader Lobsang Sangay. The Dalai Lama sits “on a golden throne,” and Lobsang Sangay, “a leader of Tibetans,” sits “on a silver throne,” he was said to have sung.

Phuljung is said to have produced 32-33 songs in the past and is handicapped with a disabled left hand. He is said to have written songs about his disability as well.

In one song, Phuljung was reported to have urged the Tibetan people to resist China's domination by speaking “only pure Tibetan” and by “uniting and working together”.
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