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Tibetan Singer Arrested for Politically Charged Songs

A 29-year-old Tibetan singer from eastern Tibet was arrested by Chinese authorities for singing politically sensitive songs that expressed longing for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

Chogsel, who has released four albums and was known to be working in collaboration with other Tibetan singers, was reportedly arrested on July 29 in Siling city.

Chogsel’s songs such as "Dream of a ruddy faced Tibetan" praises the Tibetan exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama, whom Beijing vilifies. His albums have been banned from sale and confiscated from shops for its lyrical odes to the exiled Buddhist leader.

Over the years, China has sporadically arrested many Tibetan singers who have sung songs with explicit and subdued political messages, and metaphorical songs for the Tibetan spiritual leader.

In April, Lo Lo was arrested for releasing his new album titled “Raise the Flag of Tibet, Sons of the Snow”, which carried overt themes of reunification with Tibetans in exile and political messages calling for Tibet's independence from China.

In February, another Tibetan singer named Urgyen Tenzin was arrested for singing a song in praise of the Dalai Lama and leader of the Tibetan exile community Lobsang Sangay.

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