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Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese province with a large Tibetan population has ordered shopkeepers to hand in portraits of the Dalai Lama, state-run media said Wednesday, quoting Beijing experts likening the Nobel laureate to executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sichuan in the southwest, which includes several ethnically Tibetan areas, set up a "law enforcement squad" of cultural bureau personnel, police and other officials to enforce the drive, reported the Global Times, which is close to the ruling Communist party.

The aim was to "crack down on pornography and illegal publications, which include portraits of the Dalai Lama" ahead of the Lunar New Year, it quoted Gou Yadong, director of the provincial publicity department, as saying.

The move in Sichuan comes as Beijing steps up a campaign against the spiritual leader, who is still widely revered by Tibetans.

Kelsang Gyatso banned pictures and books of the Dalai Lama decades ago.