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DHARMSALA, India — China has overseen a "brutal crackdown" in Tibet since protests shook the Himalayan region last year, part of decades of Chinese oppression that have driven Tibetan culture to the verge of extinction, the Dalai Lama said Tuesday.
The Tibetan spiritual leader made the comments in a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that sent him into exile.
"Even today, Tibetans in Tibet live in constant fear, and the Chinese authorities remain constantly suspicious of them," the Dalai Lama said in this Indian hill town, where he and the self-proclaimed government-in-exile have been based since shortly after fleeing their homeland.
Chinese martial law, and hard-line policies such as the Cultural Revolution, devastated the mountain region and left hundreds of thousands of Tibetans dead, he said, blasting the "brutal crackdown" in the region since protests last year turned violent.
He told a group of about 2,000 people, including Buddhist monks, Tibetan schoolchildren and a handful of foreign supporters, that the religion, culture, language and identity of successive generations of Tibetans faced "extinction." Tibetans in Tibet were living in "hell on earth," he added.
March 14 (Reuters) - Tibetan regions are in lockdown this weekend, which marks the one-year anniversary of unrest in Lhasa and Tibetan regions across China.
(For related story see CHINA-TIBET/ or [ID:nPEK215454])
Following is a timeline of the largest and most sustained protests seen in Tibetan regions since Beijing crushed pro-independence demonstrations in 1989 and related events.
* March 10, 2008 : Five hundred monks from the Drepung monastery march into Tibet's capital, Lhasa, to mark the 49th anniversary of a quashed rebellion against communist rule. Monks from the Lhasa-area Sera and Gamden monasteries also protest.
* March 12: Thousands of Chinese security personnel fire tear gas to disperse more than 600 monks from the Sera monastery.
* March 14: Riots erupt in central Lhasa, and Tibetan crowds burn Han Chinese and Hui Muslim shops. China's official death toll is 18 civilians and one policeman.
China accuses the Dalai Lama of masterminding the unrest.
* March 15-25: Protests and marches occur in over 130 locations in parts of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai Provinces, which form the Tibetan areas of Kham and Amdo.
In Machu, Gansu, protesters burn Han Chinese and Hui Muslim shops. Police stations and government buildings are burned in other areas. A police station in Chamdo is damaged by a bomb.
Many other demonstrations are peaceful.
Exile Tibetan groups say nearly 200 people died in the crackdown on protests in March, and in following months. Chinese media report the death of one paramilitary policeman and one protester in western Sichuan.
Tibetan university students stage silent sit-ins in Xining, Lanzhou and Beijing.
Tibet and Tibetan areas close to foreigners, and remain closed for most of the summer.
* March 15-18: Pro-Tibetan protests in Nepal, Paris, New York, Sydney and elsewhere.
* March 27: Monks at the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa burst in on a government-led tour of foreign journalists, screaming "Tibet is not free" and saying China is lying about the Dalai Lama.
* April 3: Police fire on protesters in Donggu Township, Ganzi Prefecture, in Western Sichuan.
* April 7: Pro-Tibet protester snatches the Olympic Torch from wheelchair-bound athlete Jin Jing. Pro-Tibet and pro-Chinese protesters dog the Olympic torch relay through Western Europe, Australia and San Francisco.
Chinese students picket Carrefour supermarkets in China.
* April 9: Monks at the Labrang monastery in Gansu surround a government-led tour of foreign journalists, crying "We have no freedom, we have no rights".
* April 28: A policeman and an alleged protest leader are killed in a shootout in Qinghai province.
* May 8: Amidst tight security, the Olympic torch is carried to the top of Mt Everest.
* Aug 8: The Olympic games open in Beijing. Pro-Tibet activists stage several small protests.
* Autumn: Lhasa and other Tibetan areas re-open to foreign tourists
* November. Rounds of talks between Chinese and envoys of the Dalai Lama end without progress.
Tibetan exiles meet in Dharamsala, India, and agree to continuing supporting the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way"
* Dec 6: French president Nicholas Sarkozy meets the Dalai Lama, spurring China to call off a European Union Summit.
* January, 2009. Many Tibetans choose to mark the New Year, or Losar, in silence and mourning. Depending on the area, the Tibetan New Year fell in late January or late February.
* Jan 25: Xiahe, home to the Labrang monastery, closes to foreign tourists.
February: Security forces reinforced in Tibetan areas.
* Feb 25: Tibet closes to foreign tourists.
* Feb 27: A Tibetan monk sets himself on fire at the Kirti Monastery, Aba, Sichuan. He survives after police put out fire.
* March 9: Tibetan areas of Qinghai province close to foreigners.
* March 10: Dalai Lama marks the 50th anniversary of his exile saying Tibet had become a "hell on earth".
* March 13: Chinese premier Wen Jiabao says China is willing to meet with Dalai Lama's envoys as long as he renounces "separatism." (Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Valerie Lee)
Tibetan monks 'held after riot'
The unrest was apparently sparked after a monk detained for advocating Tibetan independence escaped from jail
Chinese authorities said the monk fled on Saturday and was still missing.
But a Tibetan website said the monk had killed himself by jumping into a river.
It is difficult to confirm reports from Tibetan areas because foreigners are not allowed into Tibet and access to surrounding regions is restricted.
Especially as one report shows below that GCHQ the british Intelligence centre has confirmed that the Chinese have started the unrest themselves as a reason to crackdown on peaceful monks!
Sources at British Spy Agency Confirm Tibetan Claims of Staged Violence
LONDON—Britain's GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured.
The monks were held after a crowd of at least 100 [B]attacked a police station[/B] in La'gyab township in Qinghai province on Saturday, Xinhua news agency said.
The agency quoted officials as saying policemen and government staff had been assaulted and "slightly injured".
(from the above toronto star link)
A former resident of the area who now lives in Dharmsala, India, said the protesters were angry because they believed the man, a 28-year-old monk named Tashi Sangpo, jumped in the river to commit suicide after fleeing. "When Tashi was being interrogated by the officials, he asked their permission to go to the toilet.
He then went out and jumped into the Yellow River," the exile said on condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisals against his family still living in China. ``The dead body is yet to be found.''
Originally posted by MischeviousElf
reply to post by vox2442
The information you post is released by a REGIME the PRC that has not allowed ANY western or other visitor's, Journalists or others into Tibet for a While now.
Why would I believe them when they have carried out these sorts of actions for over half a century, on the Tibetans and their own people like in Tianamen square?
[edit on 22-3-2009 by MischeviousElf]
BEIJING (AFP) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime critic of Beijing's rule over Tibet and its rights record, arrived in China on Sunday for a trip focused on energy and climate change.
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
The 14th Dalai Lama
Originally posted by Mak Manto
The Communist Party of China, once again, destroying people and a country, just because they believe they have the right to.
This makes me sick...
China has, since their invasion of Tibet in 1957, raped and pillaged Tibet of it's resources, customs, and it's religion.
I always hope that the Dalai Lama, whether it be the 14th or a later Dalai Lama, returns to Tibet and rids China from it.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by TurkeyBurgers
Tibet has lots of natural resources. They do not mine their resources, instead collecting what is washed down the rivers.
I have heard stories of caves in Tibet that have walls lined with gold ore.
China has been a nation ignoring their soul for far too long. One wonders how long it will be before they begin to tend their garden once again?
Let’s get one thing right here. There are no truly independent non-governmental organizations in communist China. Every facet of research, education, journalism, law and all other social and civil institutions and agencies exist only with the authority and supervision of the state. No dissent from the official line is tolerated and such bodies serve whatever propaganda purpose tasked to them by their overlords.
With imperialistic arrogance its findings (and the phrase is applied loosely) imply that the otherwise obedient ‘natives’ will be satisfied with an improved economic condition. Such strategy has an ancient pedigree. It was Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu who counselled that the best way to keep a people simple and rustic was to “fill their bellies and empty their minds” How communist China would appreciate a docile population of Tibetans, spaced-out on the tacky excesses of Chinese occupation.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by Stormdancer777
If you believe Rampa, there are some marvelous things hidden in them 'thar hills.
Read "The Cave Of The Ancients". If you believe what he says, it is amazing and it mirrors thoughts expressed by others such as Cayce.
Originally posted by TurkeyBurgers
What is the strategic importance of Tibet? What makes it so valuable? Does it have a bunch of natural resources like fuel or precious metals or minerals? Why does China want it so badly? Is it because China hates religion like that Folun Gong?
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
the best way to keep a people simple and rustic was to “fill their bellies and empty their minds”
This is a land that constantly borders on starvation