China Destroys Biggest Tibetan Buddhist Site In Eastern Tibet
London-based NGO Free Tibet reported that a densely populated area on the west bank of the river running through Yarchen Gar in Palyual County, Eastern Tibet, has been reduced to bare ground. Chinese authorities levelled almost half of Yarchen Gar – one of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist sites, according to recently published satellite images. Monks and nuns have also been forced out of their homes and places of worship in the area, with research group Tibet Watch confirming the removal of at least 70 nuns in July. Established in 1985, Yarchen Gar is a Buddhist monastery complex that previously had a population of around 10,000 people.
“These latest images demonstrate once again that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) intent for Tibetan people, who are forced to endure being evicted from their homes and torn away from their communities on the orders of a government that they do not even recognise as their own,” said John Jones, Campaigns and Advocacy Manager for Free Tibet. He added, “The CCP knows full well what it is doing is cruel and deserving of the highest condemnation.”
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