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Rights Group: China Frees Tibetan Activist


A human rights group says Chinese authorities in Tibet have released a political prisoner after he completed his 15-year prison term.

In a statement Tuesday, the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy says Thupten Yeshi was freed from the Chushul Prison on July 5th.

The India-based group says the activist was arrested in 1992 for allegedly plotting a demonstration by four farmers in Tibet's Gyama township.

It says the farmers disrupted a meeting of about 12-hundred people by taking the stage and shouting slogans such as "Free Tibet" and "Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

The rights group says the farmers also received 13- to 15-year prison terms, and that one of them died in prison in 1999 after being repeatedly tortured.

Chinese troops took control of Tibet in 1950. The region's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and his supporters have been struggling to gain greater autonomy for Tibet since then.
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