In this July, 2012 photo provided by Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, Karma Tsewang, a highly regarded Tibetan monk, hosts a religious ritual, in Japa Monastery, in Nangqian county, Qinghai province, ... more 
In this July, 2012 photo provided by Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, Karma Tsewang, a highly regarded Tibetan monk, hosts a religious ritual, in Japa Monastery, in Nangqian county, Qinghai province, China. Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser said Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, Chinese authorities have detained the monk and 16 of his supporters, as Beijing tightens its grip over the region. The monk is known for his work on disaster relief, environmental protection and teaching youth the Tibetan language. The writer said Karma Tsewang was taken away by police Dec. 6 while traveling on business in the city of Chengdu. More than 100 laypeople and monks in Nangqian petitioned the government Dec. 18 to release Karma Tsewang, but 16 of them were detained in the following days, the writer said. (AP Photo/Tsering Woeser) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Tsering Woeser
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 7:20 PM EST