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China Detains Returning Tibetan Pilgrims

Chinese authorities have detained without charge hundreds of Tibetans returning from a January Buddhist ceremony in India in what observers suspect is a response to the Dalai Lama’s support for Tibetans who resist Chinese rule. –ARK

The New York Times:

Many of the pilgrims are elderly and have been detained for more than two months in central Tibet, or what China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region. The detainees are being interrogated and undergoing patriotic re-education classes, and have been ordered to denounce the Dalai Lama, who presided over the ceremony, known as the Kalachakra, say people who have researched the detentions. The detainees are being held at hotels, schools and military training centers or bases; some are being forced to pay for their lodging and meals.

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