Report: Chinese authorities demolishing historic Lhasa temple

The Tibet Post reports that Chinese authorities have started demolishing historical buildings in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, including Jokhang Temple, considered to be the holiest Buddhist site in the city. A large new shopping mall, which includes underground parking, is being built in the old section of Lhasa. Jokhang Temple is an extension of the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser spoke out against the destruction on her blog and on social media, calling on UNESCO and other international organizations to stop the demolition. Her post on the social network Weibo reportedly received thousands of comments and shares before Chinese censors took it down.