DHARAMSHALA, November 22: A large portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with two Tibetan national flags were seen displayed on the roof top of the Ragya monastery in Amdo Golok, eastern Tibet Sunday.
While speaking to Phayul, Gadhen, a Tibetan monk at Sera monastery in south India, who was a former monk at Ragya monastery in Tibet said that the Dalai Lama’s portrait along with the Tibetan flags were seen by many hanging from the roof top of the monastery.
“It was left there displayed for some time before the local Chinese officials came and took out the portrait and the Tibetan flags,” Gadhen said.
Slogans were also reportedly written below the portrait and the Tibetan national flags, both of which are forbidden in China occupied Tibet.
Citing contacts in Tibet, the former Ragya monk told Phayul that eye witnesses couldn’t confirm a clear reading of the slogans.
When asked if the Chinese police have arrested anyone from the monastery in connection with the protest, Gadhen replied in negative.
In 2009, Ragya witnessed popular anti-China protests following the suicide of a 28-year old monk Tashi Sangpo.
The Ragya monastery had been completely locked down and many of its monks detained after leaflets containing political messages were circulated and a huge Tibetan national flag was hoisted atop the main prayer hall of the monastery on March 10 that year.
Tashi Sangpo’s death had sparked protests in Ragya with Tibetans taking to the streets carrying Tibetan national flags and chanting slogans such as “independence for Tibet, long live Dalai Lama.”
Since March this year, 11 Tibetans have set themselves on fire, protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet and demanding the return of the Dalai Lama from exile.