Sichuan’s sizable Tibetan population has apparently been making their reverence for the Dalai Lama known a bit too much for Beijing’s liking, as they are now being forbidden from displaying portraits of the banished leader in public places.
Yesterday was the final day for shopkeepers to hand over their stock of photos of the exiled spiritual leader to comply with an order issued on January 31st, according to RFA.
Commenting on the campaign, the Global Times even went as far as to compare the Dalai Lama with Saddam Hussein, as winning a Nobel Peace Prize is apparently the same as committing countless crimes against humanity.
AFP reports that various officials have now been rallied in a “law enforcement squad,” established for the apparent purpose of weeding out Dalai Lama love among Tibetans in Sichuan. Officially speaking, Gao Yadong, from the province’s publicity department, calls it a “crackdown on pornography and illegal publications.”
It was Lian Xiangmin, an expert from Beijing’s China Tibetology Research Center, who offered the comparison to Saddam Hussein. In Lian’s view, worshiping the Dalai Lama in China is equal to preaching the gospel of Hussein in the US.
To be fair, this isn’t the worst insult that China has hurled His Holiness’s way in recent years, after he claimed that he might not be reincarnated, officials said that the spiritual leader was “profaning” Tibetan Buddhism and “duping” his followers.
Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama has struck back recently by calling for a dialogue with ISIS. Not too long after that, the government purportedly employed protesters to ruin his speech in the UK. And the salt shows no signs of letting up.