Dharamshala, India – Chinese authorities have arrested eight Tibetans from Wonpo Village for their efforts to teach the Tibetan language to local Tibetans in Wonpo Village, Sershul County, Dzachuka, Eastern Tibet.
According to a reliable source, Chinese authorities again arrested two Tibetan women from Wonpo Village and six monks from Wonpo Monastery on September 3, 2021, for teaching Tibetan language to local Tibetans in Wonpo villages.
“First, the local Chinese authorities called the Tibetan monks from Wonpo Monastery to the local Chinese authorities office for investigation, then they ordered the monks back to their rooms, with five to six Chinese authorities and policemen accompanying the After reaching the monks’ rooms, the Chinese authorities searched all the rooms, then they arrested the monks and detained them in Sershul County, where their names will not be made public for the safety of arrested Tibetans.” , said the source, citing sources at the Region.
“The reason for the arrest of the aforementioned Tibetans is unclear, but the source said, “The Chinese government has downplayed Tibetan language lessons in Tibetan schools in recent years, and as a result, many Tibetans, in especially Tibetan monks, volunteered to teach Tibetan to local Tibetans. For many years, Tibetans and monks in Wonpo have volunteered to teach Tibetan to local Tibetans, and there is a group in Wonpo called the “Mother Tongue Protection Group”. The detained Tibetans above are members of this group and they are also involved in the program of teaching Tibetan to local Tibetans,” the source added.
From August 22 to 29, 2021, Chinese authorities detained 113 Tibetans in Wonpo for photographs of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and communications with Tibetans in exile. On September 3, 2021, Chinese authorities again arrested eight Tibetans from Wonpo for teaching Tibetan language to local Tibetans, thus, from August 23 to September 3, 2021, Chinese authorities arrested a total of 121 Tibetans from Sershul county , Dzachuka, Eastern Tibet.
Over the past 70 decades, political repression, social discrimination, economic marginalization, environmental destruction and cultural assimilation have continued, particularly due to Chinese migration to Tibet, which fuels intense resentment. among the inhabitants of occupied Tibet.
The totalitarian communist state of China began its invasion of Tibet in 1949, reaching full occupation of the country in 1959. Since then, more than 1.2 million people, or 20% of the national population of six million inhabitants, died as a direct result. of the Chinese invasion and occupation. Furthermore, more than 99% of Tibet’s six thousand monasteries, temples and religious shrines have been looted or decimated, resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of Buddhist scriptures.
Until 1949, Tibet was an independent Himalayan nation with little contact with the rest of the world. It existed as a rich cultural storehouse – a unifying theme among Tibetans – much like their own language, literature, art and worldview developed by living at high altitudes, in harsh conditions, in balance with their environment.