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Tibetans living in exile strongly oppose the Chinese regime's alleged interference in their religious affairs. Many young Tibetans living in Shimla—India—took to the streets earlier this week in protest against a Chinese order.
Hundreds of young Tibetans in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh took to the streets on Wednesday to protest the Chinese regime's interference in Tibetan religious affairs.
The protesters chanted, "We want freedom!" and "Long Live Dalai Lama!"
They carried banners with Tibetan and English slogans reading—"Stop Killing in Tibet" and "Red Chinese Quit Tibet."
The protesters oppose the regime's "Order Number Five" that was implemented in 2007.
[Tenzin Namsal, Protestor]:
"what exactly they [the CCP] say is that they are specially concerned about the reincarnation of our lamas, which is usually done by our culture and our Buddhist philosophy and the way it is done by our Buddhist monks and lamas. So they want that the government do all this reincarnation process. So we are totally condemning this order number five."
In Tibetan culture, lamas and religious leaders are believed to be the reincarnation of their previous births. This includes Tibetan leaders like the Dalai Lama and Karmapa Lama.
The protesters alleged Chinese authorities are trying to control the ritual of the Lamas—a ritual traditionally performed according to Tibetan Buddhist practice and philosophy.
The Chinese regime has ruled Tibet since 1950. In 1959, nearly 80,000 Tibetans, escaped to India with their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama after a failed revolt against Chinese Communist rule.