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Tibetan Poet Put On House Arrest

By Harriet Staff

From this Guardian article:

A leading Tibetan writer has said she remains under house arrest in Beijing after police prevented her from attending a ceremony in her honour at the Dutch embassy.

Poet and blogger Tsering Woeser was due to receive the 2011 Prince Claus award, co-sponsored by the Dutch foreign ministry, at the ambassador’s residence on Thursday. But Chinese police told her on Wednesday that she could not go and that her door was being watched, Woeser said on Friday. She added that she was now under house arrest.

The director of the Prince Claus Fund, Christa Meindersma, said: “The fact that Tsering Woeser is not free to leave her home and freely express herself demonstrates once again the importance of her voice.”

The Dutch embassy declined to comment.

Posted in Poetry News on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.