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Two Tibetan Singers Freed After Serving Four Years For ‘Political’ Songs

Two Tibetan singers jailed for four years for singing politically sensitive songs were released this week in southwestern China’s Sichuan province

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  • Two Tibetan singers jailed for four years for singing politically sensitive songs were released this week in southwestern China’s Sichuan province after completing their sentence
  • Trinley and Chakdor were first detained in 2012 in Gansu province’s Machu (Maqu) county after producing a CD called “The Pain of an Open Wound” praising exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
  • The two men were then taken to Mianyang prison in Sichuan to serve their sentence, which included the year spent in detention before their trial

 

Tibet, October 9, 2016: Two Tibetan singers jailed for four years for singing politically sensitive songs were released this week in southwestern China’s Sichuan province after completing their sentence, according to a local source.

Pema Trinley, 27, and Chakdor, 35, were freed on Oct. 3 and returned to their homes in Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) county’s Meruma township, a Tibetan living in the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

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“When they arrived in their hometown, relatives, former prison mates, and other supporters gave them a warm welcome by offering ceremonial scarves,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“No details were immediately available concerning the condition of their health,” the source added.

Trinley and Chakdor were first detained in 2012 in Gansu province’s Machu (Maqu) county after producing a CD called “The Pain of an Open Wound” praising exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Tibetan self-immolation protests challenging Chinese rule in Tibetan areas, the source said.

Tibetan singer Chakdor is shown third from right after his release from prison on Oct. 3, 2016. (BBG)
Tibetan singer Chakdor is shown third from right after his release from prison on Oct. 3, 2016. (BBG)

“They were first held for questioning for six months at the Maqu county detention center, and were later sentenced in 2013 to four years in prison,” he said.

The two men were then taken to Mianyang prison in Sichuan to serve their sentence, which included the year spent in detention before their trial, he said.

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In an earlier report, Tibet’s India-based exile government, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that prison authorities at Mianyang had refused at first to acknowledge that the two singers were in their custody, “raising their families’ concern about their well-being and whereabouts.”

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CTA also identified Chakdor as the close relative of a self-immolation protester named Choepa, who burned himself to death in August 2012 “to protest against the repressive policies of the Chinese government.”

China has jailed scores of Tibetan writers, artists, singers, and educators for asserting Tibetan national and cultural identity since widespread protests swept the region in 2008. (BBG Direct)

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  • Antara

    Four years of imprisonment is quite shocking!!

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)