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While the Chinese Communist Party celebrated it's 60th anniversary of what it calls the "peaceful liberation" of Tibet on Monday, Tibetan Buddhist monks say the CCP had detained about 300 monks from a monastery in Sichuan province in April. They say it was part of the regime's crackdown on protest before the anniversary of the CCP's armed takeover of Tibet.
Tibetan exiles said on Monday (May 23) that, according to their sources, CCP security forces detained about 300 monks from the Kirti monastery in the Aba prefecture of Sichuan province. They say the roundup was part of the Chinese Communist Party's crackdown after a Tibetan Buddhist monk lit himself on fire in protest.
Two exiled monks and a Tibetan writer say their sources told them the monks were detained and taken away in covered military trucks on April 21. Supporters had gathered around the monastery, but police beat them and drove them away with dogs.
The head of the Kirti monastery, Kirti Rinpoche lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. He said his sources told him the conditions at the monastery have become "suffocating" due to intense pressure from the CCP.
As the Chinese regime celebrates its 60th anniversary of what it calls the "peaceful liberation" of Tibet, anti-CCP sentiment runs high in the Tibetan region. The regime has resorted to violent crackdowns and forced "re-education" campaigns in an effort to eliminate support for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile in India.