Thursday, April 28, 2011

China represses and then re-educated Buddhist monks

Beijing .- The Chinese government confirmed today that it performs a re-education campaign among Tibetan monks after protest occur, according to the ethnic groups in exile, caused two deaths on Thursday, a point not confirmed by Beijing. Asked about the death of two Tibetans, presumably during a police raid on a monastery, the spokesman on duty in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hong Lei, merely stated that "a small group of monks had disobeyed the laws of Tibetan Buddhism" .

"In recent days a small group of monks from Kirti monastery disrupted social order, tarnished the image of Tibetan Buddhism and seriously wounded the feelings of Buddhist followers," said Hong regular news conference. This new ethnic conflict that erupted after the March 16 to 20 years a monk of the monastery, named Phuntsog, died after burning to bonzo, triggering conflicts between Tibetans and Chinese authorities at Kirti area of the Aba Tibetan prefecture, Sichuan province (southwest).

No answer about the alleged death of two Tibetans and this monk, Hong spokesman acknowledged that, after these riots, the local government of Aba made a campaign of "legal education", the new terminology of regime than previously known as "patriotic re-education." The purpose of it is "religious in maintaining social order," the spokesman said.

The Tibetan independence group based in the United States International Campaign for Tibet (ICT acronym) reported over the weekend that two Tibetans were killed by beatings by police troops, accompanied by military officials, were preparing to arrest hundreds of monks in Kirti. According to the release of ICT, more than 300 monks undergo "patriotic re-education" at an unknown location, while the peasants who tried to protect the religious have been taken to another place outside the village.

This source said that in the melee died a 60-year-old pastor and a woman Dongko 65, Sherkyi, one end could not be independently confirmed, while an undetermined number of young protesters still detained. "The paramilitary police raided the monastery on the night of April 21 and took more than 300 monks" in ten large trucks, while the lay elders who had protected the monastery, "the majority of 60, were beaten mercilessly by police, "the Tibetan group in a statement.

Witnesses said that due to police beatings, there were many broken arms and legs that caused these laypeople, as police tried to silence her screams introducing clothing into the mouth of the victims. The same sources stated that the Tibetans arrested since the immolation of monk are suffering "severe torture, including beatings with electric katanas, while the authorities have closed the area in the Himalayas to foreigners.

Another NGO Tibetan, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said in the last days of the death of another 24-year-old Tibetan Chukpel after being severely beaten by police after protesting in early April from a police station in Dzamtang, in the same prefecture of Aba. These groups ask the U.S.

to defend their cause in the human rights dialogue held in Beijing this week, 27 and 29 April. In recent months, Beijing made a fierce crackdown on dissent, which has ended with the arrests of such prominent figures as the artist Ai Weiwei, but also against ethnic minorities like the Tibetans or the Uighurs, as well as mass arrests of protesters "underground "as the past in Beijing.

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