Crackdown on mobile phones in Lhasa, ‘Experts’ from Beijing carry out sweep

Posted on March 15, 2013 by


Crackdown on mobile phones in Lhasa, ‘Experts’ from Beijing carry out sweep

This article is about conflict between the Tibetan people and Chinese authority. This article was published on March 12th, 2013 by one of the well know Tibetan news webpages called Phayul. This article talks about the how the Chinese government is taking away the Tibetans’ freedom by not letting them use cell phones in ways they would want to. Although the article describes an act of political oppression, it also highlights the religious focus of the conflict between Tibetan and the Chinese government.

The government wants to restrict cell phones because when monks and nuns self-immolate, the phones could record or take pictures as evidence that they are not happy and they need freedom, showing what life is in Tibet. “In June last year, Lho Younten Gyatso, 37, a senior Tibetan monk of the Khashi Geyphel Samtenling Monastery, situated near Ngaba town in eastern Tibet, was sentenced to seven years by a Chinese court for his alleged crimes of sharing sensitive information on nun Tenzin Wangmo, who self-immolated on October 17, 2011.” This quote shows that sharing any sensitive information happening in Tibet to the outside world of Tibet could result in serious detention and imprisonment.

Self-immolation is a form of suicide that involves setting oneself on fire as a way to protest for the freedom of Tibet. The act is self-immolation is associated with religion because it is done mainly by nuns and monks and because they are not given the freedom to follow their religion or have any things related to it. The monks and nuns are religious people, and they are devoted to their knowledge of god. The Chinese authorities are cracking down on mobile phones everywhere in Tibet but more specifically the place where self-immolations took place such as Sera and Ganden monasteries. The location is tied to religion because it happens in a monastery where monks and nuns live.

The article does not emphasize religion because its audience and its subjects do not distinguish between politics and religion. “Gyatso was also charged with “sharing information since 2008 about political events in Tibet by attempting to make telephone calls to human rights mechanisms of the UN.” This quote shows that Tibetans can’t express their political views with the outside world, which is the same as their religious views. The political view uses the world as power, and religion view it more as in belief and faith. For Tibetan religion and political both are tied together and every political has a religious emotion attached to it. Tibet is known as a religious place, and this article focuses more on conflict between Tibet and China, which makes it a political issue. His Holiness The Dalai lama used to be the Tibetan leader and the spiritual leader of Tibet and people used to know Tibet through Dalai Lama view. When people think of Tibet they think of Dalai Lama and his spiritual leadership and the political issues with both get tied together.

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