Exiled Tibetans celebrate release of nomad Runggye Adrak from China’s prison

ANI News
August 2, 2015

Dharamsala, Aug 02 (ANI): Tibetans living in exile in Dharamsala celebrated the release of Tibetan nomad, Runggye Adrak, after eight years of imprisonment by China. Adrak was jailed for eight years for raising slogans and calling for Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet during a festival in Lithang county in western China’s Sichuan province.

Chinese authorities arrested Adrak on August 01, 2007, and he was sentenced to prison for subverting state laws and disrupting public harmony. On Saturday, Tibetans-in-exile celebrated with pomp. However, the relatives of Adrak were not present in the celebration due to security concerns. China has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since troops took over the region in 1950, and those controls often extend to ethnic Tibetan areas in other parts of China. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule.