Pema Tseden, an award-winning Tibetan film director, has been detained by Chinese authorities and suffered serious injury while in custody, according to the Film Directors’ Guild of China.
Tseden, best known for the films “Tharlo” and “Old Dog”, was detained at an airport in western China on Saturday, Reuters quoted the film directors’ guild as saying in a statement Wednesday.
He was said to have been badly hurt in the course of his detention, following which he was taken to a hospital in Xining city on Monday.
Xining police claimed that Tseden had an altercation with airport security officers as he tried to return to a luggage reclaim hall after he forgot an item.
He was then detained, but as he refused to cooperate he ended up with bruises from the handcuffs, police were quoted as saying.
On Monday, Tseden was taken to a hospital after he felt dizzy and complained of tightness in his chest.
The police claim that his rights were protected at all times.
China watchers are surprised at Tseden’s detention as his firms, which won many prizes, weren’t considered to be critical of Beijing’s rule over Tibet.
The film directors’ guild urged authorities to provide more details about the incident, “including the reason for police taking forceful measures”.
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