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In photographs from the demolition, Tibetans can be seen removing building materials by hand, alongside others using machinery.

The demolition of the school comes amid wider campaigns of cultural destruction, surveillance, and information crackdown by Chinese authorities in Tibet. Those living in the vicinity of Drago Monastery have been particularly targeted in this regard. Tibet Watch sources - whose identities are protected by anonymity for their personal safety - report that the focus on Drago Monastery by Chinese authorities is likely in response to a series of protests between 2008 and 2012, where members of the Tibetan community expressed anger at brutal and violent policing.

The practice of Chinese authorities demolishing Buddhist schools, monasteries, and training academies is an ongoing issue. In 2017, Tibet Watch produced a report on the destruction of homes at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy. Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist practioners were displaced by police raids and demolitions by Chinese authorities - with those who resisted eviction facing arrest and imprisonment. 

Information supplied by Tibet Watch