Protests turn violent in Tibet

 Update: March 23, 2008 7:21 a.m. est

China lashes out at crackdown critics

By CARA ANNA, Associated Press Writer 33 minutes ago
CHENGDU, China – China lashed out Sunday at critics of its crackdown on Tibetan protesters, describing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “habitually bad tempered” while claiming the Western media serve those who want to smear the communist country. More…

International Herald Tribune

Thai Olympic torchbearer withdraws in protest over China’s crackdown in Tibet

The Associated Press Published: March 23, 2008
BANGKOK, Thailand: One of Thailand’s representatives in the Olympic torch relay has withdrawn in protest over China’s recent crackdown on protesters in Tibet, a statement said Sunday. More…

Update: March 22, 2008 7:53 p.m. est

March 23, 2008

Tibetan revolt has China’s empire fraying at the edge

Michael Sheridan in Chengdu
For all its overwhelming force in the lonely mountain passes, where military convoys toil towards the clouds, or in the dark alleys of Chengdu’s Tibetan quarter, where soldiers stand watch, the sour tang of a debacle for China is in the air. More…

Update: March 20, 2008 6:05 p.m. est

From what I have been able to determine it would seem that the BBC is one of the few news sources giving extensive coverage of the situation in Tibet. I hope that these links provide valuable information for those who are involved in the struggle against tyranny and oppression. Here are the links to their coverage:

Police ‘shot at Tibet protesters’

Last Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2008, 21:20 GMT

China steps up Tibetan crackdown

Dalai Lama urges Tibet dialogue

Tibet kept on Olympic torch route

UN calls for restraint in Tibet

China’s quandary over Tibet’s future

Tibetan monks: A controlled life

China cracks down on protest news

Dalai Lama’s birthplace blocked

Tibet’s unsettled borders

Update: March 18, 2008 8:21 a.m. est

Here is an editorial published on AlterNet from Lhadon Tethong which I felt I should include in this post to keep the word alive.

AlterNet Guest Editorial: The Bravery of the Tibetan People

By Lhadon Tethong, Students for a Free Tibet. Posted March 18, 2008.

You can help show the Chinese government that the whole

world is watching what happens in Tibet.

My dear family and friends,
I’m not sure what to say to you right now.
Part of me wants to talk about the good side of all that is happening — the bravery and the courage of the Tibetan people. How proud I feel when I hear their cries and see their strength and fierceness. How they continue to rise up across our beautiful land and how this new movement destroys China’s lies and propaganda and gives birth to a new generation of freedom fighters.
But then the other part of me is full of dread and fear for what will happen now, for what is happening now. Will they smash the monasteries as they again see the monks in the lead? Will they destroy the Bharkor because it’s again a lightning rod for protest? Will they move all the Tibetans out of Lhasa because they are in the way? Will they turn the countryside into killing fields because nobody will know what happens out there?
Here in Dharamsala we try to assure ourselves this won’t happen. That the Chinese leadership won’t dare do this now. But I don’t trust them. I will never trust them. All my life I’ve heard the stories of what the Chinese government does to Tibetans who are too strong, too proud. They try to break their spirit and take away their dignity. In the darkness of the prisons and the jails they inflict such pain and suffering … there is no way to comprehend it from this place.
China’s deadline for protesters to “surrender” has now expired. But it was all a farce. Another carefully scripted ploy to make it look like Tibetans had their chance before the Chinese authorities were forced to take the most extreme measures.
Now all the foreigners are leaving. Soon, only the Tibetans will remain. And, once again, it will be our people — defenseless and alone — left at the mercy of one of the most deadly military forces on earth.
Please help us let them know that they are not alone. Help us show the Chinese government that the whole world is watching.
For freedom, justice and peace in Tibet,

Take action here:


For more information regarding the various websites go here:

Tibetan websites


The Government of Tibet in Exile

Tibet Online

Official website of the Central Tibetan Administration
Internet Links to Tibet Information
Radio Broadcasts in Tibetan language on the internet
Other links on that page:
E-mail Listservers on Tibet
Usenet Newsgroups about Tibet
Internet Rely Chat on Tibet
Here is what is at
The Observer France 24

17/03/2008 > CHINA – USA

CNN accused of bending the truth about Tibet

The CNN Video

The Tibetan Riots on Chinese TV


Update: March 17, 2008 7:50 p.m. est

17 March 2008 [Press Release]
Fresh Pictures of Tibetan protesters’ dead bodies and crackdown by the Chinese security forces.
On 16 March 2008, around 11.30 AM (Beijing Time), thousands of Tibetan monks of Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery, in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba), Ngaba “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”) Sichuan Province, erupted into spontaneous protest by raising slogans calling for “Tibet independence”, “return of the Dalai Lama”, “freedom for Tibet” with carrying the banned Tibetan national flag.
They also shouted slogans calling for “Bod Gyalo” (Victory to Tibet), “Long Live the Dalai Lama”. In moment’s time, the Chinese security police burst into the Monastery campus and lobbed tear gas on the Tibetan protestors. The Chinese security police were currently blocking the protestors from marching out of the Monastery premises.
Following a similar protest by the monks of Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery (a branch of Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery), Dzoge County (Ch: Zoige) Ngaba “TAP” Sichuan Province yesterday afternoon, truckloads of troops were sent into the area to disperse the protesting crowd to put the situation under the control. In yesterday’s protest at Ngaba, more than ten monks were reportedly arrested and around five others injured following a violent crackdown by People’s Armed Police (PAP) on the peaceful protestors. Atleast fifteen dead bodies were brought to the Kirti Monastery when the report last came in.

For more photos go here:

Update: March 17, 2008

According to the latest news from the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) the violence continued in Tibet over the weekend. Here are the latest Press releases:17 March 2008 [For Immediate Release]
Around 40 middle school students arrested in Marthang
Around 40 Tibetan middle school students were known to have been severely beaten before being arrested at around 8:30 AM (Beijing Time) today, 17 March 2008, following students’ call for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) multiple sources within Tibet.
Around one hundred Tibetan students of Marthang Nationality Middle School in Marthang County (Ch: Hongyuan xian), Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Prefecture, “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”), Sichuan Province, erupted into a spontaneous demonstration inside the school compound calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet during the morning school hours. According to witnesses, the People’s Armed Police (PAP) and Marthang County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials blocked and immediately crushed the students while they came out of the school premises shouting slogan calling for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet. Students were severely beaten and manhandled before being dragged into the waiting police vehicles.
According to the latest information coming out of Tibet, it indicates that around 700 students of the Marthang Nationality Middle School in a solemn gesture of solidarity with the arrested students are staging protest outside Marthang County PSB office. The conditions and identities of those middle school students could not be ascertained at the moment; however, the Centre will continue to monitor the situation and will update as and when more information surfaces from the area.
TCHRD condemns in its strongest terms the Chinese security forces’ heavy handedness in dealing with the peaceful Tibetan students and expresses its deepest concern over the safety of the protesting students. TCHRD calls for the immediate and unconditional release of those arrested this morning for peacefully expressing their views and exercising their freedom of expression, association and assembly.
16 March 2008 [For Immediate Release]
Mass abductions in midnight raids by Chinese security forces in Lhasa
Hundreds of Tibetans are arbitrarily arrested in the ongoing house-by-house raid by Chinese security forces in Lhasa beginning from 15 March 2008. All former political prisoners have already been rounded off and thrown into prisons by the security forces according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).
With streets filled with patrolling Chinese armed troops and tanks in Lhasa city, the security agencies comb each and every house in Lhasa and pick up all suspected Tibetans, especially youth, from their houses accompanied by severe beatings by the armed forces. In testimonies received by TCHRD, mothers and elderlies in the families helplessly plea at security forces upon seeing their sons and loved ones being beaten and dragged away.
Law enforcement authorities in the so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region” had on Saturday (15 March) issued an ultimatum to the protesting Tibetans to voluntarily surrender before Monday midnight (17 March). However, the actual arrests has already begun in house-by-house raid since yesterday while the world expects it to take place from tomorrow.
Although Martial Law is not officially imposed in Lhasa, it has all the elements of the Martial Law imposed in 1989 by the then “TAR” Party Secretary Hu Jintao, currently the President of People’s Republic of China.
TCHRD fears more arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearances to take place in the coming few days. The Centre also expresses its deepest fear of torture on the Tibetan arrestees which is a regular feature in the Chinese administered detention centres and prisons in Chinese occupied Tibet. TCHRD appeals to the international community to urgently show their solidarity and act for the arrested peaceful Tibetan protesters and innocent arrestees.
16 March 2008 [For Immediate Release]
Students staged a protest in eastern Tibet
Tibetan students in the eastern Gansu province staged a peaceful protest this afternoon. According to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), around 500 Tibetan students of the Tibetan Studies Department of the North Western Nationality University, Lanzhou City, Gansu Provincial Capital, Lanzhou staged a peaceful demonstration inside the University campus this afternoon (Beijing Time).
Confirmed information says that students had circulated leaflets containing information about the recent Lhasa demonstrations inside the University campus. The sources confirmed that there are about one thousand Tibetan students studying in the university. Information confirmed that there are 300 Tibetan students holed up in the campus by the security forces. The students were known to be carrying a large banner with a slogan “DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN LIVES ARE PRECIOUS”. The Tibetan students also raised slogans calling for the immediate end to the brutal crackdown on the Tibetan people referring to the ongoing reports of arrests in the Lhasa city.
Following the circulation of leaflets, the city People’s Armed Police (PAP) forces and Public Security Bureau (PSB) personnel stormed the university and cordon off the entire campus area. According to sources, the movements of students were known to have been strictly curtailed under a heavy presence of PAP and PSB at the University campus gate.
Meanwhile in another incident, at around 6 PM (Beijing Time), about 1500 local Tibetans from Machu County (Ch: Maqu xian), Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture”(“TAP”), Gansu Province staged a peaceful demonstration in the main city of the County. Protestors raised slogans calling for the “Independence for Tibet”, “Long Live the Dalai Lama” and other demands. The sources also confirmed that the agitated protestors had burnt down one police vehicle during the demonstration. Additional large-scale contingents of PAP and PSB were brought in to crackdown upon the protestors.
Around 250 Tibetans of Nyulra Township, Machu County (Ch: Maqu xian), Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture”(“TAP”), Gansu Province destroyed the doors of County government offices during the protest. The protestors also took off the Chinese national flag and hoisted the banned Tibetan flag in place. The protestors later shouted pro-independence slogans. The situation is known to be extremely tense at the moment with the large-scale mobilization of truckloads of paramilitary troops had already began in the area. No further information on the situation could not be ascertained.
TCHRD expresses its serious concern on the well being of the protestors and urge the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in responding to continuing protests in the light of numbers of confirmed death surfacing from the area who are peacefully expressing their views and exercising their freedom of expression, association and assembly. TCHRD is closely monitoring the situation and will issue fresh updates as more news and confirmations surfaces.
16 March 2008 [For Immediate Release]
Eight dead bodies brought into Ngaba Kirti Monastery
Eight dead bodies have been brought into Ngaba Kirti Monastery according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The bodies were brought in from the protest scene in Ngaba County, Sichuan Province. Sources say at least “30 Tibetans felled” after armed troops shot indiscriminately into the peacefully protesting Tibetans. Out of the eight bodies, one has been identified as Lobsang Tashi, a former monk in his mid 20s. The remaining bodies are unidentified at the moment. The monks in Kirti Monastery are currently offering prayers for the deceased.

TCHRD will continue to monitor and update as situation progresses.

Tibet protests spread to other provinces

By CARA ANNA and TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writers 2 hours, 38 minutes ago

TONGREN, China – Protests spread from Tibet into three neighboring provinces Sunday as Tibetans defied a Chinese government crackdown, while the Dalai Lama decried what he called the “cultural genocide” taking place in his homeland. More…

Update: March 16, 2008

For the latest news from and about Tibet click on link below:
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)

16 March 2008 [Press Release]

At least seven shot dead in demonstration in Ngaba County

According to the latest confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), at least seven people were known to have been shot dead including monks of Ngaba Kirti Monastery by the People’s Armed Police (PAP) during the peaceful demonstration by thousands of people in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba) this afternoon. Hundreds of people are also known to have been injured in the incident following PAP crackdown on the protestors. The demonstration is still going on when the Centre received the information from the venue of demonstration. More…

Here are various links with information on Tibet:

Blog Students For A Free Tibet
Tibetan Uprising.Org
Source: Blog Students For A Free Tibet:

YouTube Blocked in China

March 15th, 2008 | Posted by buckaroo banzai

As part of their newly declared “People’s War” of Proganda and Security, the Chinese government has blocked YouTube access for ALL of China, including Tibet.


Dalai Lama calls for Tibet probe

BEIJING – The Dalai Lama called Sunday for an international investigation into China’s crackdown against protesters in Tibet, which he said is facing a “cultural genocide”.
Source: Tibetan Uprising.Org

Tibet Monks protest against Chinese rulers

Tibetans face security clampdown

By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 21 minutes ago
BEIJING – Hundreds of armed police and soldiers patrolled the streets of Tibet’s capital and enforced a strict curfew Sunday following protests against Chinese rule that turned deadly and embarrassed the country ahead of the Beijing Olympics. More…

Below is a video for those interested in leaning a little about Tibet. It is a documentary and last a bit so sit back and enjoy.

Tibet The Story Of A Tragedy

China Calling- My Language Is My Nation

Please Visit
and Moving Universe Productions
From YouTube site:
“The Tibetan national flag is intimately connected with the authentic history and royal lineages of Tibet which are thousands of years old. Furthermore, in the Tibetan Royal year 820 or in the seventh century of the Christian era, at the time of the Tibetan religious King Song-Tsen Gamp the Great extensive land of Tibet was divided into large and small districts known as “gö-kyi tong-de” and “yung-g’i mi-de”. From these large and small districts, an army of 2,860,000 men was chosen and stationed along the borders of Tibet, and the subjects thus lived in safety. The bravery and heroism of the Tibetan people at that time in conquering and ruling even the adjacent empire of China is well known in world history.”History attests to the fact that Tibet is one of the most ancient nations of the world. Therefore, in all the three regions of Tibet, irrespective of caste and creed, this national flag inherited from our ancestors is universally accepted as a common, peerless treasure and even today still continues to be highly respected and esteemed as in the past.” Source the Government of Tibet in Exile.
For some, the Tibetan cause has engaged us in protest since 1959. For others, coming to know the plight of the Tibetan nation, the occupation of their land and the systematic and brutal cleansing of the Tibetan identity by the Chinese, is a horrific awakening.Now you can support us in making change, we’ found our compassionate voice. Call China with us. Call it loud and strong.China continues to silence the cry for a free Tibet. China silences Tibetans by torture. Getting footage of China’s atrocities out of Tibet is prohibited. China’s contempt for the rest of the world is firm. China educates the Chinese that we are ignorant of Chinese history. And China abuses human rights because China believes China defines what human rights are.We have found our compassionate voice and we’re calling China.
It’s time to stop the atrocities. Stop the harm. We believe together with H.H. Dalai Lama that non-violent change comes through compassion, reasoning and education. Chinese people need the world’s love and support to help them reason; to help the Chinese people learn. Help us help the Chinese. Support China, my Language is my Nation.Moving Universe Productions is committed to the My Language is My Nation project. In addition to raising global awareness of China’s atrocities in Tibet, Moving Universe is developing Universal Education programmes through publishing, music, theatre, and film. The China, My Language is My Nation project has had invaluable visual assistance from Associazione Italia-Tibet, link.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Associazione Italia-Tibet, the Dalai Lama Foundation so they and we, can continue our commitment to working for a better world.Moving Universe Productions invites bands all over the world to make a cover of the song, to produce their visuals and to post them on the net to share as a One World for Peace, creative protest.

Tibetan Uprising Day Video

March 10, 2008

FREE TIBET MARCH 10 Rally in Toronto


Update: March 15, 2008

Report: 10 dead in Tibetan violence

By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer 40 minutes ago

BEIJING – Chinese officials on Saturday promised to crack down on protesters who do not surrender following the largest demonstrations against China’s rule in Tibet in two decades — a violent spectacle that left at least 10 dead and embarrassed the country ahead of the Olympics. More…

Lhadon’s message to Tibetans

Dalai Lama’s Message to Tibetans inside Tibet

Update: March 14, 2008 8:02 p.m.

Here are more links with more information:

Beijing Wide Open

Another Photo @ International Herald Tribune

Turmoil in Tibet after deadly violence

9 hours ago
BEIJING (AFP) — Tibet braced for the worst Saturday after a day of violence in the capital Lhasa, where police opened fire to quell the biggest anti-Chinese protests in two decades and some deaths were reported, officials and rights groups said. More…

Eyewitness: Monk ‘kicked to floor’

For more information you can go to Tibet Online News



Update: March 14, 2008

Information is slowly making its way out of Tibet in spite of government crack-downs. I had to search around but some information was sent as to where to go. Here is what I have so far from The Observers France 24

Photos of the chaos in Lhasa are finding their way to us slowly. We asked a young Tibetan activist to explain how the Chinese government manages to restrict information from leaving the country.

UPDATE (13 March 7.30 pm): We published the first amateur images of events on the Observers site. Press agencies have now distributed new photos of the events, finally managing to get their documents out of the country.

The contributors

Lhadon Tethong's picture

Lhadon Tethong

Here are the images:


There are more images but I was not able to obtain access to them. The above images are from The Observers France24

The Associated Press Published: March 14, 2008

BEIJING: Angry protesters set shops ablaze and gunfire was reported in Tibet’s regional capital Friday as the largest demonstrations in two decades against Chinese rule turned violent just months ahead of the Beijing Olympics. More…
Here are more links on this ongoing situation:

Gunfire heard in Tibet’s capital as protests turn violent

Protests in Tibet erupt into violence

Reports: Tibet protests turn violent

Tibetan activists condemn Beijing Olympics – 13 Mar 08

The Beijing Olympics are still 5 months away but they’re attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
Human rights campaigners have been staging protests, demanding China be called to account for its human rights record in Tibet.
Owen Fay reports on protests designed to place pressure on Beijing.

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3 Responses to “Protests turn violent in Tibet”

  1. Charly Says:

    Having been to Lhasa twice (once overland) to shoot my own documentary about Buddhism there, I can say with certainty that the Chinese invasion there and the destruction of the culture begun over fifty years ago was outrageously intensified by the “Cultural Revolution.” Today, the destruction of all that is Tibetan is even more serious as hordes of Han Chinese are encouraged to settle there, native Tibetans are denied basic freedoms of thought and religion, and relegated to becoming refugees in their own land. The Dalai Lama is my guru, my having taken Buddhist vows before him. He may be the most holy human alive today as he actually forgives the Chinese for the horrors they have done to his people and his country.
    The Potala Temple, the Dalai Lamas’ home, is turned by the Chinese into a kind of tame Disneyland for tourists to gawk and fake monks with walkie talkies are ever watchful that the real monks do not communicate the truth to tourists. The leader of the Kagagu school, HH Karmapa, fled Chinese denial of teachings to get to Him, and He now lives in exile, too. Karmapa’s monks confided to me the horrors waiting for them should they speak the truth, or peacefully demonstrate, or even own a photo of the Dalai Lama!
    The Chinese are cowards, afraid of the power of compassion and humanity embodied in the Dalai Lama–so much so that it is a crime to have the Dalai Lama’s photo. I recommend mailing a flood of His Holiness’ photo to people in China, the high goverment criminals, and ordinary people there. If you can not find an address, mail to General Delivery and choose a Chinese city for the destination. Stick the facts of their cruel repression up the Chinese rears, noses, and other orfices. Make them face their crimes.
    And, certainly, do not attend China’s Olympics. Any person who attends the games is complicit in their crimes against Tibetan humanity and should be publicly shamed by all who know the attendees–do the shaming to their faces and in public. This is the time to strike at the cowards leading China. Do it now.

  2. Sophie Says:

    Here are the latest images of the violence in Lhasa:

  3. WARNING: Extremely Graphic Tibetan Riot Photos « Realm of the Hunter-Seeker Says:

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