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US Expresses Concern Over the Chinese Regime’s Demolition of Buddha Statue

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US Expresses Concern Over the Chinese Regime’s Demolition of Buddha Statue

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The State Department voiced concerns on Jan. 13 over the Chinese regime’s demolition of Buddha statues and other actions against Tibetan Buddhists. The statement comes days after reports that a 30-foot-tall Buddha statue was destroyed in western China, marking the second being targeted in recent weeks. Last December, monks and Tibetans living nearby were forced to witness a 99-foot-tall bronze statue they revered being torn down. “We are very troubled by reports of escalating PRC actions against Tibetan Buddhists, including authorities destroying Buddha statues, removing prayer wheels, and burning prayer flags,” said the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom in a statement on Jan. 13. The committee urged the regime to “respect the right of Tibetans to practice their beliefs freely.” Over the years, the communist regime has been accused of suppressing Tibetan religion and culture. In the Garzê region of western Sichuan Province, where a significant number of …

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