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