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Tibetan nomad Runggye Adak released after eight years in prison for bold protest

July 31, 2015

Runggye Adak, one of Tibet’s most well-known political prisoners, was released today (July 31) after serving his eight year prison sentence after he made a bold statement of support for the Dalai Lama in front of an audience of thousands at a horse festival in 2007.

According to reports from Tibetan exiles in contact with the region, Runggye Adak was taken straight to his home today by the authorities. Officials may have done this without informing his family in order to prevent any public celebrations of his release.

According to other sources, the Lithang Horse Festival in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi), Sichuan, has been cancelled this year as a crackdown in the area deepens following the death of revered religious leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on July 12.

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Ronggye Adrag arrest

New images show Tibetan nomad’s arrest after call for Dalai Lama to come home: Tibetan political prisoners in Mianyang

New images have been obtained by ICT of the moment when a Tibetan nomad, Ronggye Adrag, was arrested after making a statement in support of the Dalai Lama in front of an audience of thousands. The photographs, taken by a foreigner who requested anonymity, capture the moments after Ronggye Adrag stepped down from the stage […]

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Runggye Adak video

Rare footage of Runggye Adak – Subtitles

Rare footage of Runggye Adak (Tibetan: རོང་རྒྱས་ཨ་གྲགས།), a Tibetan nomad serving an eight-year prison sentence for expressing Tibetans’ loyalty to the Dalai Lama in front of an audience of thousands, is made public this week by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) to mark the third anniversary of the incident.

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Bold public expression of support for the Dalai Lama that led to imprisonment of Tibetan captured on video

Rare footage of Runggye Adak (Tibetan: རོང་རྒྱས་ཨ་གྲགས།), a Tibetan nomad serving an eight-year prison sentence for expressing Tibetans’ loyalty to the Dalai Lama in front of an audience of thousands, is made public this week by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) to mark the third anniversary of the incident. The footage, subtitled in English, […]

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Long sentences for spying and splittism follow Tibetan nomad’s call for Dalai Lama to return to Tibet

Runggye Adak, the Tibetan nomad who took to the stage during the Lithang Horse Festival on August 1 and called for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet, has been jailed for eight years on charges of ‘inciting to split the country’, according to a statement released by Xinhua today (November 20). Runggye Adak’s nephew, Adak […]

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Armed riot troops take position in Lithang

New images confirm dispersal of Tibetans by armed police after Lithang protest: Runggye Adak’s relatives taken into custody

New eyewitness accounts and images of the aftermath of local nomad Runggye Adak’s protest during Lithang horse festival on August 1 confirm that armed police and soldiers dispersed a peaceful gathering of Tibetans with shock grenades, tear gas, and beatings. Runggye Adak’s nephew, a 45-year old monk called Lupoe, has been detained after calling for […]

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Runggye Adak

Official petition on Dalai Lama may have provoked Lithang action

The situation in Lithang, eastern Tibet, remains tense after a local Tibetan nomad, Runggye Adak, was detained after speaking about the importance of the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet to a sympathetic Tibetan crowd gathered for the horse-racing festival in Lithang, present-day Sichuan, last week (August 1). A group of Tibetans in the area have […]

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