Dzogchen town tense after protest on religious festival


(, Mar 25, 2009) — The situation in Dzogchen town in Derge (Chinese: Dege) County of Karze Prefecture in Sichuan Province was “critical” following apparent Chinese crackdown after Tibetans distributed on Mar 22, the eve of an important local religious festival, a large number of leaflets calling for independence, reported the exile Tibetan government’s Mar 24. A large number of local Tibetans and pilgrims gather at Dzongchen Monastery to observe Phurchen, an important day to undertake religious activities, on 23 March.

The pamphlets were reported to be copied on wooden blocks, used traditionally for printing religious texts and prayer flags.

The pamphlets were reported to be mixed with copies of Lungta prayer flags scattered all over the main road leading to the monastery.


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