New forms of protest

New forms of protest

Large protests continue sporadically across Tibet but Tibetans have sought new ways to defend their identity and basic rights; environmental protection, student protests, cultural resistance with music, poems and writings celebrating Tibet's culture and nationhood.

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2009 – 2018

2009 – 2018

In February 2009 a young monk named Tapey set fire to himself in Ngaba, eastern Tibet. Over the next 9 years, more than 150 Tibetans in Tibet self-immolated, protesting China’s rule in Tibet, the majority dying as a result.

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August 2008

August 2008

China hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Pro-Tibetan protests took place around the globe including in Beijing.

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March – June 2008

March – June 2008

Tibetan Uprising - Protests broke out in Lhasa and rippled across Tibet. Hundreds of Tibetans were killed and over 2,000 arrested.

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October 2007

October 2007

The Dalai Lama received the US Congressional Gold Medal. As Tibetans celebrated the award, China marshalled troops in a show of force

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2001

2001

China was awarded the 2008 Summer Olympics

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1996

1996

Religious repression across Tibet intensified and China launched a brutal patriotic re-education campaign.

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1995

1995

Six year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. He was kidnapped by Chinese authorities becoming the world’s youngest political prisoner. He remains missing today.

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10 December 1989

10 December 1989

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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1989 Tibetan Uprising

1989 Tibetan Uprising

Widespread protests broke out in Lhasa with tens of thousands of Tibetans taking to the streets. Chinese used brutal force to quell the protests, expelling all foreigners and declaring martial law.

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