Thursday, April 22, 2010

Handling help after earthquake by chasing monks away and stopping aid

Phayul [Thursday, April 22, 2010 10:57]
By Kalsang Rinchen

Dharamsala, April 22 – Chinese government has ordered monasteries to recall their monks who have been helping in relief and rescue effort in Yushu County ... which was hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on April 14, according to the Associated Press. Survivors of the deadly earthquake say the Tibetan monks helped first, bringing food, pitching tents, digging through rubble and cremating bodies.

“Now the Buddhist monks who responded first are being pushed out of the disaster area and off of state media — apparently sidelined by Beijing's unease with their heroism and influence”, reported the AP.

Yet state-run broadcasters and news agency have given scant attention to the Tibetan monks and instead highlighted the hard work of the military and the People's Army. ... local Tibetans were frustrated because the monks are still needed to help dig out the dead and perform funeral rites.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities in Driru County have stopped 14 trucks loaded with relief materials from heading to the quake hit area of Kyegudo, said Ngawang Tharpa, an exile Tibetan with contact in the area.

I thought communism was about power to the people?

Love & clear light,
Rudy

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