Bangladesh has covered up an exhibit by Tibetan artists at the Dhaka Art Summit after the Chinese embassy in Dhaka said it was "offensive", reported PTI. The work, belonging to Indian filmmaker Ritu Sarin and her Tibetan husband Tenzing Sonam, featured letters by five Tibetans who set themselves on fire as a mark of protest against the Chinese rule in Tibet.
"The Chinese ambassador was offended when he saw the artwork. He sent us a mail in protest and asked us to remove the works. And we've covered up the five works with white sheets," Sazzad Hossain, head of administration at the Dhaka Art Summit said. Filmmaker Sarin told AFP that the artists had agreed to have the exhibit covered up rather than removed altogether. "Naturally, we were upset and outraged by the Chinese demand," she said.
In 2009, Bangladesh which is a staunch ally of China, shut down a photography exhibition on Tibet following complaints from Chinese diplomats.