By Tenzin Dharpo
The press conference at Sera Monastery in Lhasa on March 13, 2019. photo- freetibet.org
DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 30: Monks at one of the prominent Tibetan monastic universities in Lhasa city in occupied Tibet were instructed to show loyalty to the Communist party of China and stand against separatism. The press conference held at Sera Monastery on March 13 also relayed orders as well a range of new CCP regulations on religion and online activity, reported freetibet
The event was overseen by the regional and local branches of the United Front Work Department, a CCP body that plays a key role in managing Tibetan affairs. Over 320 people including monks, police stationed at the monastery, the monastic cadres of the management committee, the officers and public security team of the fire brigade, as well as representatives of the Resident Duty Units who are stationed in the institution attended the event.
“Among the key messages of the conference was the need for all monks to show gratitude to the CCP, to follow it and to listen to its words. Tibetan Buddhists were told that they are expected to practice their faith patriotically and obey the Chinese government’s laws by safeguarding the unity of the motherland and standing against separatism,” freetibet said in its report.
Monks were also instructed on the range of CCP guidelines that are called ‘Four Standard Policies’ and ‘Four Speaks and Four Loves’ that call for monastics to “Comply with the standard on political reliability, and strive to be advanced monks and nuns with a steady and distinctive stance” and “Speak the party’s gratitude while love the core and Speak the unity while love mother land”.
In addition, authorities also highlighted ‘the twenty prohibitions’ that included instructions to avoid use of communication network tools to organize, participate, incite the subversion of country, undermine national unity and activities related to overthrow the socialist system, among others.
Observers say that initiatives such as this executed by the Chinese government is aimed at the larger drive to control Tibetan monasteries and monastics in the bid to turn such learning institutes as direct arms of the Communist party that speak the party’s tongue.