A Tibetan monk who was sentenced to nine years in Chinese prison for spearheading a protest in 2008 was released and welcomed home.
Tsultrim Gyatso, a monk of Tsenyi Monastery in Achok Township in Ngaba (Amdo) was released from Mainyang prison on April 1, 2017 after serving more than nine years behind bars. He was welcomed back at his home by locals including former prison mate and fellow Tsenyi monk Ludrub Tendar and Tibetan poet Jangtse Dhonkho (pseudonym: Nyen).
According to previous reports, on 28 Oct. 2008, Tsultrim Gyatso and five other monks were sentenced by the Barkham County Intermediate Court to various terms in prison for their alleged participation in a protest where the banned Tibetan national flag replaced the red flag in front of the official headquarter of the town. On 16 and 17 March 2008, around 1000 monks from Tsenyi monastery including Tsultrim Gyatso protested against the Chinese rule and calling for ‘freedom in Tibet’ and ‘return of the Dalai Lama’. He was arrested along with many other monks when Chinese forces raided Tsenyi monastery on the night of March 18, 2008.
It is presumed that he might have returned to his monastery following his return to his family home in Meruma Township in Ngaba County.