On a major anniversary in Tibet on 10 December, a 17-year-old monk was beaten and arrested for calling out for Tibetan freedom, just one day after unconfirmed reports said two teens lit themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule.
Protests in Tibet
Peaceful solo protests last month by three monks in the Tibetan region of Amdo who have now disappeared are the most recent occurrences of an act of remarkable courage that has become a trend in eastern Tibet since around 2014. This trend seems linked to a wish by protestors to make a strong statement about freedom and loyalty to the Dalai Lama without undertaking the more extreme act of self-immolation.
Three monks in Ngaba, where the wave of self-immolations began in Tibet, have staged solo protests this month, that became prominent in 2014-5.
Thousands of Tibetans, including small children, have marched on the streets of Rebkong today in a peaceful demonstration following emotional gatherings of Tibetans after two self-immolations in the area in the past two days. Tibetan students and children from middle and high schools in Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren), Qinghai, began to gather for the protests from […]
Statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama I am deeply saddened and concerned with the worsening situation in East Turkestan (Xinjiang), especially with the tragic loss of lives. I earnestly urge the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with the situation in a spirit of understanding and far-sightedness. I offer my prayers for those […]
News is emerging of a protest this morning (March 1, 2009) by several hundred monks from Sey monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), the Tibetan area of Amdo, after officials prevented them from marking a major prayer festival. Several hundred monks marched from the monastery after officials banned them from praying, calling to be allowed to […]
In spring 2008, a tidal wave of mainly peaceful protests against the Chinese government swept across Tibet. Tibetans risked their lives to demonstrate that their exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, and not the Chinese state, represents their interests. This uprising is a result of more than half a century of Communist Party misrule and revealed […]
Leaving Fear Behind is a film shot by Tibetans from inside Tibet in the period leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama STATEMENT OF HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA TO ALL TIBETANS Dharamsala April 6, 2008 While extending my warm greetings to all the Tibetans in Tibet, I would like to share some of my thoughts. 1. Since March 10 this year, we have witnessed protests and demonstrations in almost all […]