Tibetans in Lhasa forced to watch the 20th Chinese Party Congress — Radio Free Asia

Chinese authorities are ordering residents of Tibet’s regional capital, Lhasa, to tune in to television coverage of the 20e Congress of the Communist Party, prohibiting them from leaving their homes until the end of the sessions, learned RFA.

Monasteries and schools in Tibetan areas of western China’s provinces have also been instructed to monitor the week-long proceedings, which opened in Beijing on Sunday, according to Tibetan sources.

Tibetan residents in Lhasa are now confined to their homes so they can pay close attention to speeches by Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders, a source living in Tibet told RFA.

“A few days before the meeting, one person from each family was allowed out to buy groceries and other essentials, but now no one is allowed to leave their homes,” a source told RFA, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons. the reasons.

Buddhist monks from the Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures of Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba), Kardze (Ganzi) and Golog (Guoluo) in Sichuan and Qinghai have been ordered to monitor the Congress, another Tibetan source said, writing to RFA.

“All the schools of Ngaba, Khyungchu [Hongyuan]and Dzamthang [Rangtang] The region has also been instructed to watch Party Congress meetings from the start,” the source said, also asking not to be named.

Also speaking to RFA, Tenzin Lekshey – spokesperson for the India-based Tibetan government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration – said that Beijing fears that Tibetans may start protests during Party Congress meetings.

“That’s why they’re forced to stay indoors,” Lekshey said. “The Chinese government views ‘Tibet’ as a very sensitive issue, but these tactics will never succeed until Tibet’s status is resolved.”

Formerly an independent nation, Tibet was forcibly invaded and incorporated into China more than 70 years ago, following which the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers went into exile in India and in other countries of the world.

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of fomenting separatism in Tibet.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, 69, is expected to be endorsed by Party Congress delegates this week for a third term, breaking recent party standards and becoming China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

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