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Inside Tibet: Tibetan New Year marked by security agenda; mass deployment of troops for prayer festival

March 7, 2017

The Chinese authorities used the Tibetan New Year (Losar) period last week, traditionally marked by devotional ceremonies, to focus on the security agenda of the Party state and warn of a continuing harsh fight against ‘separatism’, a politically charged term used to blame the Dalai Lama.

There was a major and intimidating deployment of military force at a prayer ceremony at Kumbum monastery, while in Lhasa regional leaders hosted a series of meetings in which monks and nuns were warned about the need to comply with Party policy, and – evidence of the strong Party and police presence in religious institutions – official delegations inspected ‘armed forces’ and cadres at Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

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Arjia Rinpoche, former official in Tibet, talks about China’s attempt to assert control over Tibetan Buddhism

Arjia Rinpoche, the highest Tibetan official to have fled China, said during a talk delivered at ICT’s offices in Washington, DC, on August 16 that the new emphasis on patriotic education in monasteries across Tibet is part of a longstanding attempt by China to assert control over Tibetan Buddhism. Arjia Rimpoche said that Hu Jintao […]

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