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Kumbum Monastery

Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims face troops at religious ceremonies in eastern Tibet

Thousands of Tibetans gathered in the last few days of Tibetan New Year (Losar) for significant religious ceremonies in eastern Tibet, despite being forced to confront massed ranks of armed troops. Vivid images disseminated on social media show higher numbers of Tibetans than usual gathering to pray at major monasteries – Labrang and Kumbum – […]

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The 11th Panchen Lama

Chinese government imposes visit of its Panchen Lama on Tibetans: troops surround Labrang Tashikhyil monastery

Security stepped up in Labrang and foreigners told to leave due to visit of Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu in next few days Tibetans say they will not welcome him as they are loyal to Gendun Choekyi Nyima, recognised by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, and disappeared for last 16 years No historical […]

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Flooding

Flood hits area near Labrang Monastery; four reported dead

Recent flooding in the Tibetan area of Labrang in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) county, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province has left at least four Tibetans dead and badly affected families in the area. Photos posted on a Tibetan blog site in the Chinese language, TibetCul.com show damage to local shops and homes and streets lined […]

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Protests near Labrang Monastery

Monks reveal concerns about Chinese allegations on weapons caches, views on Olympics

A translation of the words of the monks who protested to a group of foreign media last week during a visit to Labrang monastery (Chinese: Xiahe) in Gansu province reveals concerns about religious freedom, views about the Olympics, and anger that the Chinese authorities have accused monks of possessing weapons. The 15 monks burst into […]

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Protests near Labrang Monastery

Labrang monks stage protest during official media tour

Monks from Labrang Monastery (Chinese: Xiahe) in Gansu province staged a protest in front of a state-organized media tour for foreign and Chinese journalists today. A group of 15 monks burst into the courtyard where around 20 Chinese and foreign journalists were assembled and spoke about having no human rights, and about the Dalai Lama […]

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Protests near Labrang Monastery

Raid on Labrang Monastery: monks taken away as climate of fear prevails

On April 14-15, just days after a protest by monks in front of a group of Western journalists, a large number of armed police arrived at Labrang monastery in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) county in Gannan, Gansu and took an unknown number of monks into custody.

According to one source, armed troops are now deployed “in every corner of the monastery” and have searched all of the monks’ quarters. In some of the monks’ cells, they smashed shrines and tore up images of the Dalai Lama, according to several sources. Details of what is happening in Labrang now are sketchy as the authorities are taking strong measures to prevent communication with the outside world, but it was possible to confirm that a number of monks have been detained and there are serious concerns for their welfare. Even some monks within the monastery are not clear about who has been detained, given the level of intimidation and military presence. (ICT report, Monks reveal concerns about Chinese allegations on weapons caches, views on Olympics)

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