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China security puts Tibetan monastery on lockdown

China security puts Tibetan monastery on lockdown

An exiled Tibetan monk says Chinese security forces have placed a restive Tibetan monastery in western China under lockdown amid tensions after a monk recently set himself on fire in an anti-government protest.
Losang Tsering says armed Chinese soldiers in Sichuan province's Aba town have surrounded the Kirti monastery and are refusing to let the monks leave freely.
He says local residents blocking the soldiers and armed police from taking monks away have been beaten.
Losang Tsering was formerly based at the monastery but now lives in exile in Dharmsala, India.
A woman surnamed Jia from Aba county's Communist Party news office rejected the account. Jia said Wednesday that police were not stationed outside the monastery and no one has been beaten.


Updated : 2021-10-16 03:34 GMT+08:00