Tibet Uprising Timeline
10 March 2008
At least 11 recorded non-violent protests across Tibet, including -
Drepung Monastery where at least 300 monks started a peaceful march towards Lhasa city centre. Chinese authorities halted their progress with a large contingent of armed police.
Sera Monastery, around 20 monks and lay-people joined a peaceful pro-Tibet march to the busy Lhasa city centre raising Tibetan national flags, shouting pro-independence slogans and distributing leaflets. Police quickly arrived and severely beat the protesters and took them into detention.
Kardze County, hundreds of Tibetan independence leaflets were posted around the town.
Ditsa Monastery, monks from Ditsa Monastery in eastern Tibet walked out of an official Chinese authority meeting displaying a large portrait of the Dalai Lama and shouting pro-independence slogans.
11 March 2008
12 March 2008
13 March 2008
14 March 2008
20,000 Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa in a swell of freedom protests, demonstrating against symbols of State power - police cars, governments buildings, Chinese flags - and Chinese-owned businesses. Between 60 - 80 Tibetans were reportedly killed by Chinese security forces and Chinese media reported that 13 Chinese civilians died. At least four Tibetans subsequently received death sentences for arson. This violence against Chinese citizens was a rare exception to the overwhelmingly peaceful protests of the Uprisings.
"An eyewitness in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa explains what happened as the fiercest anti-government protests in almost 20 years erupted into violence"
Tibet eyewitness, The Guardian
15 March 2008
16 March 2008
17 March 2008
At Serthar, eastern Tibet, around 2,000 staged a peaceful blockage of military trucks carrying soldiers to the area. The protesters shouted “Long Live the Dalai Lama” and the soldiers were withdrawn. In other areas protests continued, many quashed by the arrival of hundreds of paramilitary personnel. Thousands of protesters from Charo, Meruma, Mani Nunnery, Gomang and Sewu monasteries marched towards Ngaba town. Another source reported that the protestors were holding the corpses of Tibetans killed during the protest of 16 March. Demonstrations broke out in Dechen County and Golog, Amdo, with hundreds of monks and lay-Tibetans protesting against China's rule. Thousands more paramilitary personnel were airlifted to the area by helicopters to deal with the protests.
"The most substantial Tibetan unrest for 20 years"
Tania Branigan, The Guardian
18 March 2008
Thousands of Tibetans were out protesting across Tibet, waving Tibetan flags, shouting pro-independence slogans and calling for the “Return the Dalai Lama to Tibet”. In Bora Township over a thousand Tibetans protested including nomads and farmers who galloped into town on their horses and others rode motorbikes during the protest. Protesters replaced the Chinese flag with the Tibetan National Flag at the township's Primary and Middle Schools.
"What we've seen is a huge influx of paramilitary police"
Tania Branigan, The Guardian
19 March 2008
20 March 2008
21 March 2008
22 March 2008
23 March 2008
The 13th consecutive day or protests, large and small - in Chentsa, eastern Tibet, 800 Tibetans from a number of villages joined together in protest. The demonstration was met with a large mobilisation of Chinese paramilitary troops. Monks and nuns continued to rise at nunneries and monasteries across Tibet; the crackdown included Chinese “Work teams” forcing monks and nuns to sign documents stating that they had “wrongfully” taken part in the recent pro-independence demonstrations.
24 March 2008
25 March 2008
26 March 2008
Two weeks of consistent protests saw Chinese security forces round-up and detain protesters in different parts of Tibet; in the Golok area hundreds of Tibetans were forced to hide in the mountains. In Kardze, eastern Tibet, protesters expressed their frustration by writing “Tibet is an independent country” on Chinese currency and throwing the money in the air.
27 March 2008
International journalists arrived in Lhasa to see China’s “harmonious society." As the journalists were taken on the carefully-orchestrated media tour of Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple, about 30 monks from the monastery interrupted an interview and spoke openly about the situation inside Tibet. The monks maintained that the Chinese authorities were hiding the truth and that their accusations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama were false. Chinese authorities hurried the journalists away from the temple, but footage of the brave, emotional monks was captured and broadcast around the world.