Chinese authorities are carefully seeing civil servant and students in Tibet’s local capital Lhasa throughout the Buddhist holy month of Legend Dawa, prohibiting them from taking part in standard religious events, according to sources in Tibet.
Legend Dawa, which falls on the 4th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and started this year on Might 23, honors the Buddha’s birth, death, and knowledge, and is typically commemorated in Buddhist countries worldwide.
Though Lhasa’s well-known Jokhang Temple and other religious websites are now available to the public, “students, government workers, and persons drawing a state pension are not allowed to take part in religious events,” one homeowner of the city informed RFA’s Tibetan Service.
Moms And Dads of Tibetan schoolchildren have actually similarly been alerted in conferences with Chinese authorities not to allow their children to participate in religious events throughout Legend Dawa, RFA’s source stated, speaking on condition of privacy.
“Authorities have warned that Communist Party members, government workers, and students who are found to have attended religious ceremonies will face severe consequences,” the source stated.
“Police activity in Lhasa is also increasing at this time,” he added.
“During the initial outbreak of coronavirus in Lhasa, the schools in Tibet were all closed for a considerable time,” a second source in Lhasa stated.
Lhasa location schools have actually on the other hand lastly opened following an extended period of shut-down owing to worries of the spread of coronavirus in the city, another source in Lhasa informed RFA.
“During the initial outbreak of coronavirus in Lhasa, the schools in Tibet were all closed for a considerable time,” the source, a moms and dad of schoolchildren stated, likewise speaking on condition he not be called.
“Gradually, the schools reopened, but the kindergartens and day care centers mostly stayed closed, opening again only on May 25,” he stated.
Authorities in Tibetan- occupied locations of China have actually long looked for to limit the impact on children of Tibetan Buddhist faith, typically a focus of Tibetan national and cultural identity, sources in the area state.
Reported by Yangdon Demonstration for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Equated by Dorjee Damdul. Composed in English by Richard Finney.