30 August, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/17/2012
CHINA - TIBET
Hundreds of people arrested after returning from prayer meeting with the Dalai Lama
With official authorisation, about 7,000 Tibetans travelled to India at the end of December for Bhodigaya celebrations led by the Dalai Lama. Today, they are being arrested without formal charges. "The authorities no longer try to understand. They want to turn people into zombies," source says.

Lhasa (AsiaNews) - China's central government has ordered a new crackdown in Tibet against anti-Communist protest. Hundreds of people have been arrested in recent days and sentenced to political re-education in labour camps, New York-based Human Rights Watch reports. The decision to turn the screw on the region came after 7,000 Tibetans to attend prayer sessions with their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in India.

Although Chinese authorities allowed the Tibetans to go, they soon saw it as a challenge. AsiaNews had expected this to happen after it interviewed a lama who attended the Dalai Lama's meeting. In fact, the source told AsiaNews, the rising violence "stems from Beijing's fear that Tibetans might no longer put up with the abuses they have endured so far."

At the end of December, thousands of "Buddhists left Tibet for India to attend the Bhodigaya, the great religious celebration led by the Dalai Lama. In so doing, they showed their love for religious freedom, and their lack of fear of China."

During the celebrations, "the Dalai Lama asked them to stop violent acts because they do not benefit the Tibetan cause and put at risk precious human lives."

"These were touching moments. Most of those present had never seen their religious leader other than in a photo. Hundreds wept. All they want is for him to be allowed to go home."

However, after the Bhodigaya, China's rulers changed their mind. Hundreds of people were arrested without charges. Those who crossed the border are undergoing brainwashing.

"This is an unprecedented violence," the source told AsiaNews. "It can only be explained by the regime's schizophrenia. The authorities no longer try to understand. They want to turn people into zombies."

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/07/2011 CHINA – TIBET
Young Tibetan sentenced to three years for shouting ‘Return the Dalai Lama’
12/09/2011 INDIA – CHINA – TIBET
Delhi and Beijing talking again as people die in Tibet
10/31/2011 TIBET – CHINA
Writers and scholars arrested and jailed to strike at Tibet’s culture
04/17/2013 TIBET - CHINA
Young mother sets herself on fire, bringing number of self-immolations to 115
04/13/2011 TIBET – CHINA
Tibetan leader, “worried and concerned” for besieged Kirti monks
by Nirmala Carvalho

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.