Thousands of monks and laypeople across Tibet were made to participate in a series of major staged performances to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1. The celebrations focused on “telling the story of the Communists”. In the eastern Tibetan region of Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu), large groups of monks participated in a rousing chorus in an old-fashioned, choreographed propaganda video that involved displaying giant images of China’s leader Xi Jinping. On September 29, more than 4,000 people were gathered outside the Potala Palace in Lhasa for the official event marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Women wore traditional Tibetan dress adorned with red sashes emblazoned with Communist Party slogans and with red hearts painted on their faces. Communist Party slogans and Chinese flags were everywhere.

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