Thursday, April 14, 2011

'Stand-off' at Tibetan monastery in Sichuan, China

There are reports of a stand-off between Chinese security forces and residents outside a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Sichuan province.

Local residents were reportedly trying to prevent police from detaining monks inside the Kirti monastery.

The area has been tense since last month, when a monk died after setting fire to himself.

Chinese officials have declined to comment so far. The area has previously seen other anti-government protests.

Pro-Tibetan groups report a deteriorating security situation in Aba County, known as Ngaba in Tibetan, where the monastery is based and where there are many ethnic Tibetans.

They report an increased military build-up, although it is difficult to independently verify these accounts. (read more)