The Case of Runggye Adak and Repression in Tibet

Runggye Adak speaking out for Tibetan freedom at Lithang Festival

RUNGGYE ADAK is a Tibetan nomad who is serving an eight-year prison sentence for expressing loyalty to the Dalai Lama in front of thousands attending a public ceremony. This week video of those remarks were made public by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). The footage was made available to ICT by a foreigner who had attended the event.

Three years ago on August 1st, Adak, a nomad from Lithang, took the microphone during the traditional Lithang Horse Festival in eastern Tibet. He spoke for several minutes before being taken from the stage and arrested. Shortly thereafter, police and soldiers used shock grenades and tear gas to disperse a peaceful demonstration calling for his release. Runggye Adak’s nephew was also taken into custody.

At his sentencing, Adak told the court, “I wanted His Holiness to return, and I wanted to raise Tibetan concerns and grievances, as there is no outlet for us to do so. That made me sad and made me act.”

Watch footage of the video at the website of the International Tibet Support Network (ITSN).

Read more about China’s human rights record.

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