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China Detains 300 Tibetan Monks for a Month

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New Delhi: Chinese Security forces have detained about 300 Tibetan monks for a month now in a crackdown after a monk’s self-immolation, the Reuters reported.

The Agency has cited sources saying monks from the Aba’s Kirti monastery in southwestern China were taken into custody on April 21.

China is celebrating 60 years of “peaceful liberation” of Tibet.

Kirti Rinpoche, the head of the Kirti monastery, told Reuters by telephone that it was the first time that Chinese security forces had seized such a large number of monks at a time, and that he had no information on their whereabouts.

According to reports when a 21 year old monk Phustsong tried to immolate himself in protest, security forces beat him up instead of putting out flames. This created resentment amongst people.

According to an exiled monk Kanyag Tsering, ‘patriotic re-education’ sessions are given to monks during which they are taught reasons why they should not keep any pictures of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and then made to repeat them.

China has routinely rejected any mistreatment.

Inputs from Reuters

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