Many monks and nuns have been compelled to sign a document stating that they would not return to the globally renowned religious centre in Serthar (Chinese Seda) eastern Tibet (in present-day Sichuan province), where thousands of Tibetan and Chinese monastics have studied over the years.

The video footage shows more monks and nuns leaving by bus as others gather, many weeping, others with their hands joined in prayer, at Larung Gar, where the authorities started to demolish their homes in July. In one video, a nun appears to collapse by the roadside, screaming in distress.