China has established police stations inside twenty-four Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the Labrang area of Gansu province, reports phayul.com. The report cites information gathered by the International Campaign for Tibet. In a summary of their findings, the ICT said “the new offices are part of a rollout of plans announced after 2008 for construction of police stations in Tibetan monasteries, under Chinese policies of placing almost every monastery in Tibet under direct government rule and intensifying Party presence in both rural and urban Tibetan areas.”
Plans are in place to establish such police stations in 133 monasteries throughout that area of Tibet.
“In addition,” says the ICT report, “cadres are being encouraged to befriend monks and nuns and gather information about them and their family members, while guiding them to be ‘patriotic and progressive.’”