China says everything normal at restive Tibetan temple

April 20, 2011

(A Tibetan in Nepal on a 24-hour hunger strike in Kathmandu April 18, 2011, to express solidarity with victims of a Chinese crackdown last month/Navesh Chitrakar)

China has said everything was “normal” at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery after the Dalai Lama urged restraint in a stand-off between security forces and Tibetans at the temple in southwest China. “According to what we understand, over the past few days the life and Buddhist activities of the monks at the Kirti monastery are all normal. Social order there is also normal. Material supplies in the temple are totally sufficient,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular news briefing.

“The Kirti temple’s administration and local police a long time ago set up a police-temple joint patrol team. The aim was to prevent people of uncertain identity from entering the temple. Relations between the police and the temple have always been harmonious,” Hong added on Tuesday without elaborating.

Hundreds of ethnic Tibetans had gathered at the Kirti monastery in Aba in Sichuan province last week trying to stop authorities moving out monks for government-mandated “re-education,” according to exiled Tibetans and activists. That prompted police to lock down the monastery with as many as 2,500 monks inside.

A 21-year-old Tibetan monk burned himself to death on March 16 in Aba, an overwhelmingly ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province that erupted in defiance against Chinese Communist Party control three years ago. Instead of putting out the flames, Chinese police beat the young monk, creating huge resentment in the monastery, the Dalai Lama said in his statement last week.

Read the full story here. For more on the unrest among Buddhist monks in Tibet, see:

Dalai Lama urges restraint in Tibet monastery standoff – April 16

Chinese police clash with civilians at Tibetan monastery – April 14

Tibetan monk burns to death in China protest – group – March 16


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Dear Reuters,
While you have not written anything here that is incorrect, you mislead through your omission! You have reported what the Chinese Government has stated. However, you have omitted investigating or verifying if it is true (which many know it is not accurate).
Reporting misleading information as a “quote” from unreliable speakers is exactly what the chinese government wants. You did exactly what they wanted and are misleading your readers!

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