Lhasa Chaos

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Uprisings and riots in Tibet are getting headline coverage. From what I can tell, the protests started on Monday March 10, 49 years after the major anti-Chinese protests in 1949. Chinese law enforcement quickly moved in to surpress the protests. Budhist monks were involved in the protests. Monks have not been involved in political dissent for some time because of the brutal force Chinese have used in the past. Today all tourists were ordered out of Lhasa, which is mostly Chinese nationals, but there are only a handful of Westerners there. This action shows how serious the situation is. Media coverage is being closely monitored and internet use is limited. The Chinese government is reporting that 10 have died while other sources quote 30. Due to the upcoming Bejing Olympics the Chinese are naturally quite concerned about their public image. I am wondering how this Tibet uprising is going to play out. I have a feeling the rest of the world will never know. Here is an AP article. This blog has an interesting post. 

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2 Responses to “Lhasa Chaos”

  1. kaivalya Says:

    This news has brought out so many different reactions in me.
    Recently the Dalai Lama threatened to resign if violence continues – predictable move on his part really. My revolutionary instincts hopes that he does resign because Tibet doesn’t need a Theocracy anyhow, they need Autonomy.

    Not to mention, the whole “Free Tibet” thing in pop culture has heavily contributed to China’s motivation to build Infrastructure in Tibet. They want to give the world access to a sanitized controversy and tourist-friendly religion. What if tourism is a form of terrorism?

    China is like Kaliya rising out of the poisoned waters and the men leap to battle. Only when the ground is sufficiently covered in blood can Kaliya be tamed by Krishna’s blissful dance.
    I hope the metaphor works…

  2. shankarwolf Says:

    Kaivalya, I like your metaphor, however, China seems to be a younger version of the United States. They want to be able to consume the amount of resources that all of us do, and to do that they will squash whatever traditional cultures lie in their path, just at the US does. Kali Yuga is upon, but Krishna’s Love is still in our hearts.

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