A Tibetan youth who was detained for staging a peaceful solo protest against repressive Chinese rule has finally been identified as 17-year-old Tibetan nomad youth called Lobsang Thubten, or ‘Thubpe’ as he is affectionately called by friends and family.
Lobsang Thubten’s identity remained unknown since his arbitrary detention on 18 August 2015 in Lithang ( Ch: Litang) County, Kardze(Ch:Ganzi) Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.
At about 9.40 am on 18 August, Lobsang Thubten stood outside a 110 police station (110 is the emergency phone number used for emergencies related to police, ambulance, fire extinguisher, etc.) carrying a large thangka painting of the Dalai Lama, and shouted aloud: “Tibet needs freedom. His Holiness the Dalai Lama should be invited to Tibet”. The site of protest is located at a place called Trungtrung Karmo in Lithang County.