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A Tibetan RevolutionaryThe Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye$
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Melvyn Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240896

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240896.001.0001

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Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

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A Tibetan Revolutionary

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

University of California Press

The interrogations continued for the next two years. The questioners focused specifically on the activities of the Tibetan Communist Party, and during this time they tried to break Phüntso Wangye's spirit in a number of ways. The interrogation process was continuous and never conclusive. When the questioners could not get the answers they needed by means of beatings and interrogations, they tried other methods. The worst torture they used on Phüntso was something that produced inaudible electric sound waves which gave him terrible headaches. As he became aware of the insanity of the Cultural Revolution, his hope of getting out of prison dimmed, so he decided that at present he needed to focus on something else, and concentrated on studying logic. One day, out of the blue, Phüntso's tormentors finally told him the real charge against him.

Keywords:   Phüntso Wangye, Tibetan Communist Party, Cultural Revolution, electric sound waves, beatings, interrogations

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