China sends work teams to Tibetan monasteries to “protect” them from protests
Chinese authorities have tightened security in areas of Golog and Rebkong. Images show a heavy presence of troops, as the Great Monlam Festival (Tibetan Prayer festival) and 10th March approaches. China sees the period from Tibetan New Year to March as a "sensitive time" and tourism and travel are restricted in the whole of Tibet. 10th March is the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day, when a mass Tibetan resistance to China’s illegal occupation took place.
China fears Tibetan protest
Military camps have been set up near Rabgya monastery in Machen County and large numbers of personnel are visible in the area, monitoring the movement of local residents, especially monks. Various check posts have been set up in all the counties in Golog Prefecture and security personnel are searching people and vehicles passing through and imposing restrictions on various visitors.
China’s supposed illegal activities
The previously reported “list of prohibited activities” document has been issued in monasteries, villages and townships in Rebkong County. Work teams have been sent to monasteries and townships in Rebkong. Authorities are claiming they will be used to protect the monasteries but local Tibetans believe they are there to prevent protests.
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