Tibetan Buddhists beat for possessing Dalai Lama photographs


(Chengdu, Sichuan—Aug. 2, 2019) Chinese authorities beat and imprisoned Tibetan people for keeping photos of the Dalai Lama in their home, according to Radio Free Asia.

The Dalai Lama, who is currently in exile, is considered an enemy by the Chinese Communist Party, which insists that Tibetan Buddhists follow the teachings of state-selected spiritual leaders in an attempt to keep ideological thought under their control. However, many Tibetan Buddhists reject the Chinese government’s chosen Lamas, and in turn, Chinese officials often crackdown on those devoted to the Dalai Lama.

The beatings took place around the Dalai Lama’s 84th birthday, Radio Free Asia said, and some people were detained, although the news source says exact dates and number of victims are “not immediately available.”

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