Trouble in Lhasa

March 10th, 2008, marked the 49th week of an unsuccessful rebellion against Chinese rule by the people of Tibet (under Chinese control since 1951) in 1959. On Friday, violence erupted in streets of Lhasa. The violence, most serious since 1989, comes amidst reports of torture against the monks by the Chinese authorities. The Economist mentions ethic hatred against the Chinese immigrants and rise of oil and fuel prices as the primary reasons behind the rioting. Meanwhile, earlier this week Indian police arrested 100 monks who were marching to the Chinese border protesting against the hosting of Olympics by Chinese. The Chinese government blamed the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dalai Lama, for orchestrating the protests. Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile in India since 1959, has said that the charges are baseless. Chinese government is in a predicament because of the looming Summer Olympics in August. Over the years, Dalai Lama has climbed down from his demands of independence to greater autonomy for the region. It is sad that regions (Tibet, Kashmir, Bhutan, Nepal) in the Himalayas continue to bleed and burn.
BBC Article Tibet poses dilemma for Beijing

Economist Article – Tibet – Fire on the roof of the world

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