Lhasa unrest

Leadership Rumour “Too Extraordinary to be Believed”

At JimRomenesko.com, Jason Feifer pointed out a 1694 report on developments in the Chinese court, in light of mistakes made in the rush to cover episodes like the Newtown shooting. “As we look at what went wrong,” he...

Tibetan Envoys Resign As Situation Worsens

Edward Wong of The New York Times reports that two senior representatives of the Dalai Lama who took part in nine rounds of negotiations with China have resigned: […]The envoys, Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, said in a...

Hundreds Reportedly Detained in Lhasa Crackdown

Security forces in Lhasa have detained or expelled hundreds of residents and pilgrims, according to a local source, after two monks reportedly set themselves on fire outside the Jokhang Temple on Sunday in the most serious...

Two Self-Immolations in Lhasa, City’s First (Updated)

Two unidentified Tibetan monks reportedly set fire to themselves in front of Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple on Sunday. From Radio Free Asia: “The security forces arrived immediately and put out the fire and all the tourists in the area...

CCTV Says Lhasa People Are “Happiest”: Woeser Responds

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated Woeser’s response to a CCTV poll which claimed that Lhasa was China’s happiest city: I laughed and asked back, living under gunpoint day and night, being followed by snipers even...

Report Criticizes 2008 Chinese Crackdown in Tibet

A new Human Rights Watch report criticizes the Chinese government’s response to the 2008 Tibet riots. From the New York Times: The report, released on Wednesday night, said security officers, mostly ethnic Han members of...

After Re-education, Tibetan Monks Regret Uprising

Following patriotic re-education classes, some monks have changed their stance on the March 2008 Lhasa riots. From the New York Times: It was the much the same as on March 28, 2008, when the monk, Norgye, and dozens of fellow...

Heavy Security is the New Normal in China’s Tibet

AP reports that security is still heavy in the streets of Tibet two years after riots engulfed Lhasa: Their presence is so common that people in Lhasa were startled last week when the uniformed patrols seemingly disappeared. In...

China Confirms Two Tibet Executions

The Chinese government has confirmed the previously-reported execution of two Tibetans for their role in the 2008 Lhasa riots. From The Guardian: A foreign ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, said two men had been put to death, and...

Isabel Hilton: Will China Implode?

Isabel Hilton writes on The Daily Beast that the recent unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang marks an empire in crisis: There is a story that the Chinese government likes to tell: that China is the world’s oldest continuous, unchanging...

Tibetan Monks Tell Tale of Escape From China

The New York Times follows up with monks who staged a public protest during a visit to their monastery by foreign journalists in April 2008, following widespread protests throughout Tibetan areas: That daring protest, in April...

Chinese Court Postpones Judgment on Tibetan Living Buddha

A Chinese court has unexpectedly delayed the sentencing of living Buddha Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche, arrested March 18 during the 2008 Lhasa riots for possession of illegal weapons and seizing government land, possibly due to...

Tibetans Sentenced to Death

Two Tibetans were sentenced to death and two to death with a two-year reprieve for their role in the unrest in Lhasa last March. From the Guardian: According to the Xinhua news agency, Lobsang Gyaltsen will be executed for arson...

Austin Ramzy: Why China’s Block on YouTube Is Backfiring

Austin Ramzy explains why blocking YouTube undermines the Chinese government’s claim that the video of Chinese policemen beating Tibetan detainees after the March 2008 Lhasa riots is faked.  From The China Blog at...

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