Tibetan Activists Paint Contrasting Picture of Buddhist Festival

Chinese officials and soldiers control media portrayal of a Buddhist ceremony in Tibet. (Weibo.com)
Chinese officials and soldiers control media portrayal of a Buddhist ceremony in Tibet. (Weibo.com)

A darker side to the annual Shoton Festival in Tibet is being shared on social media, showing the event and media coverage under total control by Chinese authorities on August 25.

Each year, the festival starts at Drepung Monastery near Lhasa when a huge painting or thangka of Buddha Sakyamuni is unveiled at dawn, known as “Buddha basking in the sun.”

The Communist Party has been tightening its grip on the region since 2009, with the increase in self-immolations by Tibetans protesting the “cultural genocide” happening in their homeland.

 

— Kalsang Wangdu (@k_wangdu) August 25, 2014

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