Destruction of Larung Gar ‘unfortunate, against basic religious freedom’: Tibetan PM in-exile

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Aug. 8 : Tibetan PM in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, has condemned China for the demolition of Larung Gar, one of Tibet's biggest Buddhist institutions at Sertar County in Eastern Tibet.

Sangay termed it as an "unfortunate" act by China, which is against the basic religious freedom. Speaking to ANI here, Sangay said, "It is clearly a double standard by the Chinese Government, which says something and does something else.

On the one hand, China says there is a religious freedom and showcase some kind of teachings by some Lama, while on the other hand, it destroys buildings where monks and nuns reside in Larung Gar complex." "Larung Gar is one of the largest Buddhist complexes and to see the destruction of those buildings, where these monks and nuns and lay people, including Chinese displace reside, is very unfortunate and against the basic religious freedom that the Chinese government claims to protect and provide," he added.

As per reports, the Chinese authorities have demolished hundreds of structures in the last few days. They are reportedly demolishing about two hundred houses in a day. The exile Tibetans have expressed their concern over it and urged the United Nations, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and other world organisations to intervene into the matter.

Source: ANI