Protesters turn out for Larung Gar on Day of Action

Protesters opposite the Chinese embassy in London
Protesters opposite the Chinese embassy in London

21st October 2016

Protests against the removals and demolitions took place in over 20 cities around the world

Protests have taken place around the world against the ongoing demolitions and forced removals at Larung Gar Buddhist Academy.

In London, around 100 people took part in a four-hour demonstration outside the Chinese embassy that was organised by Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibet Society and Tibetan Community UK.

During the demonstration, Tibetans, Tibet campaigners and members of the public stood opposite the embassy and chanted slogans while waving Tibetan flags and placards showing the damage already caused to Larung Gar.

Members of the four organising groups made speeches and conducted interviews with several journalists that had come to report the demonstration.

As night approached, a one-minute’s silence was observed for the three nuns that have reportedly committed suicide in response to the demolitions. Candles were lit and many of the Tibetans present conducted prayers, followed by a rendition of the Tibetan national anthem.

Other protests took place around the world on 19 October in cities including Buenos Aires, Delhi,  New York, Paris, Santiago, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC.

United States representatives contact China over Larung Gar

Meanwhile in the USA, representatives James P McGovern and Joseph R Pitts, the Co-Chairs of the United State Congress' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have written to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States. In the letter, sent on 19 October, the representatives express their "deep concern" over the removals and demolitions at Larung Gar.

The letter also raises the case of Yachen Gar, a monastic community in eastern Tibet, where as many as 1,000 nuns may have been compelled to leave under pressure from the Chinese authorities.

Citing the right to freedom of religion in the Chinese constitution, and under international law, the letter calls on the Chinese government “stop the demolitions and evictions, rebuild and restore the affected infrastructure, and permit all those people under Chinese jurisdiction who wish to pursue their Buddhist faith to do so without government interference or ‘guidance.”

 

Take action

Global pressure on China is mounting. Add your voice and call on China to halt further removals and demolitions. You can also urge your government to speak out.