China Restrict Tibetans Celebrating Dalai Lama Birthday in Tibet

China is imposing restriction upon the Tibetans inside Tibet as a part of the government’s campaign “criminal gangs connected to the separatist forces of the Dalai Lama” and restricting the ethnic Tibetans from making celebrations on the approaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama birthday and it even led to two Tibetans’ arrest.

Tibetan administrations in exile condemned restrictions placed upon celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Tibet by Chinese authorities. Tibetan leaders termed China’s restrictions as “human rights violation” and urged Beijing to allow the small minority to celebrate the birthday of their leader.

Tibetans in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have even been warned by the local Chinese authorities against celebrating the birthday of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. The local police are reportedly scanning throughout Tibetan populated areas in carrying out a clean-up campaign against ‘criminal gangs’ and ‘bad social elements’ at the direction of higher authorities.

Tibetans both in Tibet and those in exile revere highly of their spiritual leader His Holiness Dalai Lama who will turn 83 on July 06. His Holiness the Dalai Lama birthday known as ‘Trungkar’ is a prominent day in the calendar of the Tibetans and its celebration is identified as a form of resistance by China in occupied Tibet.

Two Tibetan businessmen have been arrested recently in Sichuan Province after the authorities found them possessing photos of their exiled spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the scanning of Tibetan residences by the local police. Tibetan businessmen, one identified as Yama Tashi with the other’s identity still unclear are both restaurant owners at a place called Rimakor in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Draggo county

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