China continues religious crackdown in Tibet

(MENAFN- Colombo Gazette)

The repression of religion in Tibet has intensified over the decades and China’s constant attack on them is an integral part of their larger plan to assert full control over Lhasa.

This year in January, a 99-foot-tall statue in Drago County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture was demolished along with 45 traditional prayer wheels set up for use by Tibetan pilgrims and other worshippers.

After news of the destruction blossomed, Chinese authorities arrested 11 Tibetans and sent them to labor camps in the area for spreading the news.

But this incident does not prevent China from committing another crime. Another statue of Tibetan Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was destroyed. It had three floors at Chanang Monastery in the same area of ​​Drago.

Chinese authorities in Sichuan Province are forcing Tibetan monks in Drago County to take responsibility and sign the affidavits for the destruction of the holy statues, Tibet Press quoted Radio Free Asia as reporting.

After reports of destruction flourished in the international community, the Chinese community changed course and tried to play the safe game by blaming Tibetan monks in Drago for the destruction of Buddhist statues and also forcing them to sign documents. to prove their falsity. do.

This slowly and gradually became a common problem in Tibet. The number of political prisoners in Tibet has also increased dramatically over the years due to China’s oppressive regime and false beliefs. Some are released after years of torture in the worst possible condition while many end up losing their lives in prisons or without their families getting any information about their fate.

Gendun Lhundrub, a Tibetan writer and poet who was arrested in 2020 and whose whereabouts were unknown until now, is being held in a detention center in Siling. He was being watched by Chinese authorities for signs of political dissent before being detained, but was later arrested on December 2, 2020, on his way to a religious debate in Rebgong.

The detention of Tibetan writers and artists seen as threats to Chinese rule and who promote Tibetan national identity is more common than ever.

The Tibetan language and religion are seen as a threat to China’s lofty goal and that is why their mere practice or promotion is crushed by authorities in Beijing.

According to the publication, the forced demolitions of Buddhist institutions, statues and relics will continue until none remain in Tibet. Tibetans will be continually prevented from practicing their religion or expressing their respect and faith in their holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Raising the Tibet issue on the international platform has been the main struggle of Tibetans’ struggle for freedom. The state of Tibet has deteriorated over the decades and the brutality calls for immediate help. (ANI)


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