Dharamshala: Jampa Tashi is an ex-political prisoner of 12 years and a member of the Gu-Chu-Sum Ex-Political Prisoners' Association in Dharamsala, India. "I was born in the Kham region of Tibet. I was a farmer and had no access to educational opportunities. This motivated me to become involved in political issues. Before that time I had no idea that a world existed outside of Tibet. I only looked after sheep and cows. In either 1986 or 1987, when I was 17 years old, I joined a Monastery in eastern Tibet. The facility had been destroyed by the Chinese government; the 25 monks lived in small houses instead.

Dharamsala: The Department of Information and International Relations, Tibetan government in exile, organized a press conference today featuring 4 newly-arrived Tibetan refugees who partook in the March 2008 peaceful protests in Karze county, eastern Tibet. About 30 representatives of the international press were present. Tsewang Dhondup shared his experiences at the conference. He joined the 24 March 2008 peaceful protests against the Chinese government because he was unable to accept China’s claim of having liberated Tibet or its efforts to indoctrinate Tibetans, including young children, to denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  “During the Cultural Revolution period, my grandfather Dampa was arrested and detained for 8 months on the charge of displaying a photograph of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his home.

Dharamshala: According to a resource from Tibet, at 11am, 24 May, 2009, Tibetan residents of Tao county and Nyagchu county eastern Tibet congregated to stand against relocation, the confrontation ended in a deadly clash with the Chinese police.  Chinese armed paramilitaries shot into the unarmed crowd and critically wounded six Tibetan women, their whereabouts and the health status is unknown.

Dharamsala: Madhue Gonpo, a Tibetan monk from Kanze County, recounts his experience leading a charged political demonstration in March of 2008. He was one of the chief instigators of the uprising in Kanze County, eastern Tibet - a peaceful march which, tainted by Chinese military gunfire, turned into a scene of carnage.

"My name is Madhu Gonpo. I was born in 1968, son of Gelu and Lobsang Tso in Kadhok Village of the Se-ngo Township in Karze County, eastern Tibet. When I was 19 years old I married Dolma Lhatso in Madhu Village and we had one son and two daughters: Nyima Dakpa, Tsewang Dolma and Tenzin Dolkar. They are currently completing their studies in Karze County, eastern Tibet. I am a businessman and as a Buddhist, I take refuge in the three jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. I am servant of the Buddhist religion, and am active in politics and social work.

Dharamsala: Tsering Samdup is an ex-political prisoner of 6 years whose mother and sister were arrested last year following the uprisings in Tibet. "I was born in Phenpo, north of Lhasa, in 1986. In 1994 I partook in a demonstration in Lhasa, chanting the slogans: 'Independence for Tibet,' 'China out of Tibet,' 'Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama,' "Human Rights and Freedom of Religion in Tibet.' We protested for 5 minutes before 11 district police officers arrested my 3 fellow protesters and me by holding our hands behind our backs. We continued to chant slogans, and they responded by inserting their fingers into our mouths. When we arrived at the police station near the great temple in Lhasa, 15 additional officers beat us with belts and ashtrays.

Dharamsala: Tsering, a Tibetan researcher and monk from the Kirti monastery, eastern Tibet recounted his experiencesin Tibet during the nationwide unrest last March with a gathering of foreigners in Dharamsala, India yesterday: "I spent the first 19 years of my life in Tibet. Last year I collected information regarding the March protests in Ngaba county, eastern Tibet, my native region. After the 10th of March, larger protests ensued; the most prevalent took place on the 14th of March. On the 7th of February, one monk burned himself alive.

Dharamsala: Tibetan Monk Tsering Jurme recruited supporters for and subsequently partook in the anti-Chinese government demonstration in Karze County, eastern Tibet. After several months in hiding, he successfully escaped Tibet. Here he speaks out on China's desperate use violent measures in containing peaceful demonstrations.

"I was born on the 5th of October 1985, son of Dawa Dhondup and Pal Dekyi in Phukyulnang Village of the Lhopa Township in Karze County, Eastern Tibet. I am one of ten children, three of who are monks. At age 10 I was enrolled in primary school in my village, and at age 16 I joined the Tsitsang Monastery to pursue higher monastic studies. On the 18th of March 2008 a monk named Ngoega from Serchu village in Karze county led a pro-Tibet demonstration and recruited ten Tibetans including myself. During the protest, armed Chinese military surrounded the demonstrators and opened fire.

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