Tibet's Communist rulers have forcibly shut down Drongma and Rabten monasteries in Driru County, theatre a few months ago of a resistance campaign against government heavy-handedness.
Local security forces surrounded the two places of study and worship, and
arrested eight monks.
In November 2013, the authorities already had the leaders
of Drongma Monastery detained, including Venerable Kalsang Dhondup, one of the
elders, who is still in jail.
Jamyang Geshe Ngawang, a monk and scholar much loved by locals, comes from
the same county. He was beaten to death in jail after he was arrested in
November along with two friends whilst on holiday in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.
The county is
as a hotbed of resistance
against Beijing new loyalty rules.
Chinese authorities "fear that instability in Driru could
cause ripple effect in other areas in the TAR. Therefore, they have been
engaged in forcing Tibetans in Driru to [undergo a] rigorous 'Thought Education
Campaign' since September," a source told Phayul.
the campaign began, local authorities warned of "harsh punishment" against
those who refuse to comply with certain obligations, like displaying China's
flag or not upholding the ban on the Tibetan language.
protesters could be expelled from school or lose their job; they could also be
denied medical treatment and the right to grow medicinal plants, a major source
of income in the district.