As China tightens its grip on Tibet, it is also stepping up controls on monks in other Chinese provinces, forcing them to denounce the Dalai Lama and forbidding them from leaving their monasteries. The crackdown has exploded Beijing’s myth of ethnic harmony, leaving both Chinese and Tibetan communities living in fear.
The current crisis began after anti-government protests by Tibetan monks earlier this month in Lhasa, Tibet. China says the Dalai Lama instigated the unrest, but the exiled Tibetan leader has denied the claim.
A battle over the Dalai Lama is now being played out in Tibetan monasteries in the provinces. Chanting the scriptures is now taking second place to a new government-orchestrated patriotic education campaign.