Tibetan police are urging the public to inform on people they suspect of being supporters of the Dalai Lama and his “evil forces” across the region.
In a circular, Tibet’s public security bureau pledged to protect the identities of people who became police informers.
Tibet, which borders India and Nepal, is an autonomous region that Beijing considers Chinese territory. The Chinese government despises the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, whom it believes is a separatist extremist.
The memo asked the public to report “criminal gangs connected to the separatist forces of the Dalai Lama”. It added: “Criminal gangs are cancers on healthy economic and social development, and gangsters are a chronic disease that severely disgusts the public.”
The wording of the notice appeared to suggest that anyone raising funds for Dalai Lama-approved causes could be breaking the law. It asked the public for tip-offs about “criminal gangs that raise funds and collect fines illegally, and force the public to pay money and provide financial support to a Dalai group.”