20 March 2008

Numerous large and small scale protests broke out across Tibet despite the extreme numbers of Chinese armed police and security forces who had descended on the area to curb the uprising. After days of protests in the different Tibetan areas of Gansu Province which saw the deaths of scores of Tibetans, the Chinese government sent thousands of troops on foot, in trucks and helicopters into the area in an attempt to curb the flow of and hunt for protesters. Public notices both in Tibetan and Chinese language were posted in multiple areas warning protesters – or criminals as the notice called them – to surrender by midnight of 25 March.