China erases references to famous Tibetan monk who died in prison

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Oct 30, 2021 12:57 PM STI

Beijing [China], Oct. 30 (ANI): In an effort to erase the memories of popular Tibetan monk Tulku Tenzin Delek, who died under mysterious circumstances in a Sichuan prison following what his supporters have called a wrongful conviction, Chinese authorities are banning everything public debate about it.
Sangyal Kunchok, writing for Radio Free Asia (RFA), said Chinese authorities are removing the popular Tibetan monk from official religious stories and closing an online discussion group dedicated to his memory.
“The documentation of the stories of these monasteries was ordered by the Chinese government, and the Tibetans who compiled these stories then distributed them to the public,” the RFA source said, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect her. contacts in the region.
“Many Tibetans who read these books were disappointed that there was nothing said about Tulku Tenzin Delek, and they started discussing it among themselves on social media,” the source said, adding : “The Chinese government then ordered this newsgroup to shut down.”
Several members of the nearly 500-member online group were later summoned for questioning by police, he said.

“Tulku Tenzin Delek played the main role in the revival of the monastery of Kham Nalanda Thekchen Jangchub Choling, but in the history of this monastery, neither its name nor any of its activities related to it are mentioned”, a- he declared.
Tulku Tenzin Delek, 65, died under mysterious circumstances on July 12, 2015, 13 years after a 22-year sentence in what human rights groups and supporters have called a wrongful conviction for bombing a public square in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, in April 2002.
He was first sentenced to death, but his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. He was widely respected among Tibetans for his efforts to protect Tibetan culture and environment, Sangyal said.
An aide, Lobsang Dondrub, was executed almost immediately, sparking an outcry from human rights activists who questioned the fairness of the trial, RFA reported.
Monasteries in Nyagchu County (in Chinese, Yajiang) in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Kardze (Ganzi) in Sichuan have now been forced by Chinese authorities to remove references to Delek from their settlement history, source says Tibetan living in exile.
Once an independent nation, Tibet was forcibly invaded and incorporated into China 70 years ago.
The Chinese authorities maintain a tight grip on Tibet and the Tibetan regions of western China, restricting the political activities of Tibetans and the peaceful expression of their cultural and religious identity, and subjecting the Tibetans to persecution, torture. , imprisonment and extrajudicial killings, RFA reported. (ANI)

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