China Renews Effort to Ban Dalai Lama Pictures Ahead of His 84th Birthday

Chinese authorities has renewed its efforts of reinforcing the ban on the pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tibet ahead of his 84th birthday. This new push from the Chinese authorities have now reached to the far flung remote nomadic locations of Tibet usually not covered under the police attention.

“Authorities in Tibetan-populated regions of western Chinese provinces have launched a new push against possession of photos of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, traveling to remote areas that had previously escaped police attention.” said the report published by Radio Free Asia according to the findings by their sources.

Although there has always been a ban against the possession of the pictures of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetans insides Tibet have always dared the Chinese authorities by displaying his pictures in their altars. However, the communist regime have in the recent past even imposed the condition requiring to display the portraits of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong in order to obtain state benefits.

As the 84th birthday of His Holiness approaches, a patrolling has been launched in the prefecture’s Serta County, Sichuan Province since the end of April and now also being enforced in other areas as well of the traditional Tibetan province of Kham to monitor the display the Dalai Lama’s picture. The police is patrolling schools and warning the students and teachers in addition to traveling even to hard-to-reach nomadic areas to enforce the ban.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who turns 84 on July 6, 2019, , fled Tibet into exile in India in the midst of a failed 1959 national uprising against Chinese rule.  According to the past reports, displays by Tibetans of the Dalai Lama’s photo or public celebrations of his birthday have been harshly punished in the past.

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