Wednesday, July 6, 2011

under pressure

Today is the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Boudha has suddenly been inundated with police in blue fatigues sporting riot gear and carrying wooden sticks. Due to increased pressure from neighbouring China, people are not allowed to publicly celebrate. Red-robed monks and nuns, and Buddhists in all colours circumambulate the Stupa, eyed for any sign of protest by bored-looking riot police. I have heard rumours of celebrations being halted, and of people being blocked from entering certain places, but so far, all is quiet.

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