Tibetans Fight Back

Tibetan protests against Chinese occupation have flared up in Lhasa as well as across the Tibetan world from Xiahe in Gansu all the way to Delhi here in India. Officials claim that 10 people have been killed, but Tibetans calling friends and relatives here in India indicate it could be up to 70 people or more.

Many of you followed our adventure through Tibet and the Tibetan regions of Sichuan and Qinghai, so you know that it is a region we both care deeply about. We commented on tensions in the area in the following posts, which you might want to check out: Blowing Up Buddha, Attack on Serthar Monastery, Kham and the Khampa, and Facades.

Even during our travels in Tibet, certain individuals indicated such protests were on their way. We did not relate this news in our blog because we were worried that Chinese officials would leap to conclusions about who had suggested the protests to us. The people who told us this are in no way referenced in our blog. (This may seem paranoid, but we discovered while using the Internet in China that even personal blogs were being monitored and blocked. How they manage to censor so much I will never understand.)

Our friend Oscar sent in the following link to bloggers in Lhasa at the moment. Also check out International Campaign for Tibet for the latest news.

One response to “Tibetans Fight Back”

  1. avatar myeurop says:

    Dear friends,
    Thank you for your post. I realize that your blog is not one for in-depth political discussions, but given the current extraordinary situation in Tibet, I can’t help revisiting the 1989 riots in Eastern Germany. The whole world was supportingly witnessing those events, a populaton’s attempt to break free from political repression. In Tibet today, I see history in motion. Tony and Thomas, you are lucky to be observers to such change from a privileged vantage point and location. I
    In case anyone were interested, I am adding a couple of links where you may get an up-date on the current situation in Tibet. I’m not including the official English-language dayly published by the Chinese government, as I don’t want to subscribe in any way to a dictatorial regime’s attempt to silence the voice of an entire repressed region. We all know (remember East Germany?) what happens to such newspapers once democracy and human rights are re-established. They melt away, vanish, gone forever together with the grey beaurocrats that run them.

    Here is an additional link:
    Students for a Free Tibet

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