Tibetan Monks, Local Residents Forced To Watch Destruction Of Sacred Statue

Tibetan Monks, Local Residents Forced To Watch Destruction Of Sacred Statue

Andrew H. Sweet

Last month, authorities in China's Sichuan province forced Tibetan monks and other residents to watch the demolition of a large and venerated Buddha statue following official complaints that the statue had been built too high, Tibetan sources said.

Destroyed along with the 99-foot tall statue in Drago (in Chinese, Luhuo) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture were 45 traditional prayer wheels set up for use by Tibetan pilgrims and other worshipers, sources said.

The source said no word had been received on when the destruction was completed. "But it is a fact that the statue is now almost completely destroyed and that local Tibetans were forced to watch these events, with authorities saying this would teach Tibetans a lesson."

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