Video: Tibetan Sichuan Undercover

Monks are continuing to display images of the Dalai Lama after Chinese authorities remove them, reports an RFA journalist who went under cover with a video camera in April to visit the Kardze monasteries. From Radio Free Asia:

Video shot secretly in the Kardze [in Chinese, Ganzi] Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture shows Buddhist monks at home in their monasteries.

Wei Si, a pseudonym for the journalist who recorded it, was interrogated on several occasions, and he feared he would face arrest.

In most shots, Wei tried to obscure the identities of the lamas by photographing them from the side. One senior monk, however, was defiant. “I am so old I am not afraid of anything,” he said, looking directly into the camera.

“I still support the Olympics—because it’s a good thing, and will bring honor to the Chinese people,” he said, referring to an international outcry against hosting the summer Olympic Games in Beijing given China’s heavy-handed treatment of Tibetans.

Waiting for the Dalai Lama:


We Are Not Free:


For more video coverage from RFA, including its nine-part series on Tibet, see the RFAVideo channel on YouTube.

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