Tibet

Tibetan villages revolt against imposition of Chinese flags

 
Since September, several Tibetan villages have revolted against the Chinese presence in the region. These protests were violently crushed, with no journalists to witness the events. Nonetheless, protesters were still able to share about a dozen pictures of the revolt and to get in touch with several exiled Tibetans, including our Observer. Read more...
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“Lhasa's Tibetans will soon be nothing but decorations for tourists”

 
Lhasa, the ancient city at the heart of Tibetan culture, contains several sacred sites that have been visited by Buddhists for centuries. But the city’s face is changing as Chinese presence in the area grows, giving way to mass tourism and large shopping districts. Read more...
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China locks Tibetan monks in monastery for 'political re-education'

 
Since March 17, the Tongkyap monastery, located in northeast Tibet, has been put on lockdown by Chinese authorities. Hundreds of monks have been kept inside in order to undergo “political re-education.” The reason: one of the monks at this monastery wrote a book about the spate of self-immolations by Tibetan monks that started in 2008, and which continues today. Read more...
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China cracks down on Tibetans' satellite TV "to quell unrest”

 
Chinese authorities in the Kokonor province of historical Tibet (Qinghai province in Chinese) have launched a massive effort to get rid of satellite dishes that broadcast foreign channels, without specifying their motivations. Our Observer believes this is meant to stop information from spreading about a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans enraged with Chinese rule. Read more…
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A “patriotic” questionnaire angers Tibetan students

 
Over a thousand Tibetan students protested on Monday in the Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in China. The police quickly suppressed the protest, which resulted in several severe injuries. The trigger for this protest was an educational questionnaire perceived as disparaging to Tibetan culture. Read more...
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Videos show large protest following Tibetan monk’s self-immolation attempt

 
Videos released by overseas activist groups show hundreds of monks staging a protest in front of a Tibetan monastery in Tongren, western China, on Wednesday. They gathered there shortly after Jamyang Palden, a young monk, set himself on fire. Read more…
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Images of Tibetan monk who set himself on fire leaked

 
Ten Tibetans – nine monks and one nun – have reportedly set themselves on fire since March. Images of these dramatic acts have been scarce, as Tibetans may incur severe penalties if they are caught distributing them. Now, however, photos and videos of one monk’s self-immolation have surfaced. Read more...
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Amateur footage shows tensions still running high in Tibet

 
More than a month ago, Tibetans commemorated the bloody revolt against Chinese rule that took place in 2008. But due to the censorship imposed by the authorities in Beijing, not a single image of this event was released from Tibet…until now. Read more and watch the videos.
 
 
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Tibet’s 'herbal viagra', worth its weight in gold

Some people will do anything to improve their sex lives. This includes, apparently, paying hundreds of euros for a handful of fungus-encrusted Tibetan worms. Read more…

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Tibetans in exile, 51 years later

Thousands of exiled Tibetans gathered in Dharamsala, north India, on Wednesday to mark the 51st anniversary of the aborted uprising in 1959. One of our Observers was there. Here are his photos:

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