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In Response To Inferno At Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple Anonymous Target Chinese Government Sites

Image: courtesy of @anonriddler

Following yesterday’s news of a fire at Lhasa’s Jokhang temple, questions are turning to the cause. Of course it wont be long now before a servile and uncritical mainstream media dutifully report the official version from China’s regime. This will claim that faulty wiring or insufficient attention to safety measures caused the blaze, alternatively Tibetans may be blamed for  their traditional practice of lighting butter lamps  as offerings. Anything is possible with a regime that is dependent upon deception and propaganda!

Across our digital planet however people rightly look to other reasons for the fire and wonder, given the violent and oppressive nature  of China’s occupation of Tibet, if responsibility rests with the Chinese regime. There are grounds for such speculation, not least that  China views Tibetan Buddhism as  representing Tibetan cultural and national identity. As such it is targeted with a number of highly repressive controls, with monasteries now run by approved members of the local Chinese communist party, totalitarianism has placed a suffocating stranglehold over Tibet’s Buddhist culture. Military check-points, barbed wire and machine guns are a common site at monasteries. Given this reality, you won’t be surprised to know that there will be no tears shed by China’s government at the sight of the Jokhang consumed by fire.

There have been other Buddhist sites burned down across Tibet, which were attributed to ageing Tibetan architecture, electrical faults or unguarded fires in kitchens. Such claims. coming from the mouth of a regime which is actively repressing the practice Buddhism in Tibet are problematic and remain unable to convince. Which explains why in the wake of yesterday’s inferno social media was buzzing with images and questions on the Jokhang fire. Meanwhile today Anonymous activists have been posting across Twitter of their intent to target Chinese government websites, an action which they presumably is justified, not only on the possibility that China’s regime may have been responsible for the blaze, but also as a response  to the ongoing tyranny against Tibetans and their culture.

Sincere thanks to @tibettuth and @TibetAnonymous for the headsup on this action and @anonriddler for allowing use of the image above.

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Fire Engulfs Tibet’s Jokhang Temple

Image:Twitter/@josepalay

As Tibetans celebrate their New Year festival of Losar, in the capital of occupied Tibet, Lhasa, a major fire has today engulfed the Jokhang Temple. An ancient site of immense religious and cultural importance to Tibetans. Recent reports have confirmed the blaze struck an ancillary building within the Jokhang complex.

This is not the first time we have reported fires breaking out in key centers of Tibetan Buddhism, and given China’s objective of eradicating Tibetan cultural identity there’s a natural suspicion as to the causes of such blazes. The Chinese regime usually places fault upon the structure and wiring of Tibetan buildings. Of course it would say that. One thing for sure the Jokhang was a remnant of Lhasa, prior to the invasion of Tibet, since then Lhasa has been transformed into a drab concrete sprawl, with Chinese characteristics on very street! We imagine this event and subsequent restoration will be used by China’s Ministry of Propaganda as a cynical opportunity to portray the Chinese authorities as caring and respectful custodians of Tibetan culture.