China to blow up 100 statues, Giant Buddha in Afghanistan.

Via on Aug 15, 2010

Why? Same reason we blow up our mountains down South. Money, of course.

*Please share this, or click “like,” if you’d like to help make enough noise to hopefully stop this project. With thanks for the tip to Inge Cox. Excerpt:

Via Phayul. By Tenzin Tsering:

Dharamsala, August 6 – A two millennia Buddhist site covering 4500 square metre monastery in Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak hill, faces impending demolition for mining, reported Andrew Lawyer to Sciencemagazine.com

A mining project worth $3 billion is awarded to China Metallurgical Group Corp by the Afghan government which plans to dynamite the ancient monastery located near the capital, Kabul.

It is estimated that China will extract 200,000 tons of copper and provide Afghan government with up to $400 million in annual revenues.

A group of Afghan French archaeologists who recently uncovered more than 100 statues, stupas, and a 5 metre long reclining Buddha among other relics have raised concern saying though the plan to blow up the monastery in last April was stalled, the proposition remains.

Chinese have started building a railroad, housing, and a power plant nearby, in preparation for mining.

Archaeologists are hoping to draw international support to save the historical site which will provide new information about how Buddhism flourished in the region and coexisted with Islam during one era.

“The monastery flourished from as early as the 2nd century BC until at least the 6th century AD although it may have continued as a settlement until as late as the 9th century AD” said Phillipe Marquis, head of the French Archaeologists’ team in Afghanistan.

He proposed a view saying “copper mining and the monastery can coexist by creating a protected archaeological area that eventually could generate tourism income” for the war torn country who are in desperate need of foreign revenues.

Marquis further added that “ Karzai ( President of Afghnaistan) is the one who can say no” and abort the annihilation of the ancient monastery.

“The site is huge and we have amazing remains. Time is running short.This place is going to be destroyed in a few months, and we need to find another solution—or the site is doomed” said Nader Rassouli, director of Afghanistan’s National Institute of Archaeology.

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One Response to “China to blow up 100 statues, Giant Buddha in Afghanistan.”

  1. Christophe Drouet says:

    Last time ancestral statues were blown up in Afghanistan, 911 quickly followed; Why don't they at least displace carefully the site in the manner Abu Simbel was in Egypt. It would send a message of hope and confidence for a time in the future when tourists will return to Afghanistan. Mindlessly blowing it up would be an irreverence to what it represent and those who built it.

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