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Thousands gather for Kalachakra in Tibet

Authorities Intensify Deployment of Troops in the area

June 13, 2014

Chinese troops have been deployed in a town in Gansu this week where thousands of Tibetans have gathered to attend a Kalachakra ceremony taught by a respected elderly monk.

The Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony is being conducted in Tsoe (Chinese: Hezuo) in Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the Tibetan area of Amdo, by Setsang Lobsang Palden, a senior lama in Tsoe monastery who also holds a number of important official posts including Vice President of Gansu Buddhist Association.

Security has been intensified in Tsoe since thousands of Tibetans began to gather for the ceremony. Radio Free Asia reported a Tibetan source saying: “Armed paramilitary forces, police, security personnel, and secret service agents have been posted all over Tsoe, and army trucks have been positioned in different places around the city to intimidate the crowd that has gathered for the teaching. Officials from different counties in the prefecture have been ordered to monitor their citizens’ movements and report on their activities.”

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