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Tibetan competition allowed by China to renew after 20-year ban — Radio Free Asia


A Tibetan group competition, banned for 20 years after the arrest of a preferred spiritual chief, has been allowed by Chinese language authorities to renew with no  rationalization given for the sudden lifting of management, Tibetan sources say.

The annual occasion held in Nyagchuka (in Chinese language, Yajiang) county in Sichuan’s Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, previously part of historic Tibet, options horse races and picnics, a Tibetan dwelling exile informed RFA, citing native sources.

“However since 2002, the yr when Tulku Tenzin Delek was arrested on a cost of bombing a public sq., the Chinese language authorities had barred Tibetans within the area from celebrating the annual occasion,” RFA’s supply stated, talking on situation of anonymity.

“We don’t know why the authorities have all of the sudden allowed the competition to be held once more,” the supply stated. Authorities had hoisted Chinese language flags across the competition grounds earlier than permitting the occasion to be held, although, he added.

“In earlier years, when Tulku Tenzin Delek was there, individuals had been forbidden to bask in alcohol, smoking or taking medication on the picnic, however this yr every little thing was allowed,” the supply stated.

The annual competition was a significant gathering within the area even earlier than the Chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950, the supply stated. “Nevertheless it turned even grander after Tulku Tenzin Delek lived there. In the course of the picnic, spiritual teachings got and performs had been carried out on the lifetime of the Tibetan yogi and poet Milarepa.”

“There was a lot respect for Tulku Tenzin Delek.”

Mysterious demise in jail

Tulku Tenzin Delek, 65, died below mysterious circumstances on July 12, 2015, 13 years right into a 22-year sentence following what rights teams and supporters referred to as a wrongful conviction on a cost of bombing a public sq. in Sichuan’s provincial capital Chengdu in April 2002.

Extensively revered amongst Tibetans for his efforts to guard Tibetan tradition and the setting, he was initially sentenced to demise, however his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. An assistant, Lobsang Dondrub, was executed virtually instantly, prompting an outcry from rights activists who questioned the equity of the trial.

Chinese language authorities now take away all references to Tulku Tenzin Delek from official histories of the area and in January seized a life-size statue of the spiritual chief that was being taken into Tibet, arresting these concerned within the statue’s manufacture and transport, sources informed RFA in earlier reviews.

Previously an unbiased nation, Tibet was invaded and integrated into China by power greater than 70 years in the past. Chinese language authorities keep a decent grip on Tibetan areas of western China, limiting Tibetans’ political actions and peaceable expression of cultural and non secular identification, sources say.

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi for RFA Tibetan. Written in English by Richard Finney.




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