Chinese officials have begun dismantling buildings at Larung Gar, one of the world’s largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, according to overseas-based Tibetan groups.
The London-based Free Tibet group said government workers began removing residential buildings and evicting residents on Thursday morning.
Several exile Tibetan groups in recent weeks have said local authorities in Sichuan Province distributed an order in June to reduce the number of monks and nuns living there by half to 5,000, citing overcrowding concerns.
The order also sought a clear separation between genuine monks and nuns studying at the site and lay people residing there, according to pro-Tibetan groups, which have characterized the government move as an attempt to rein in the rising influence of Buddhism in the area. Read More