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Tibet Protests in Crisis, But a Good Day For Richard Gere

At least two people are dead following clashes between protesters and security forces in Tibet's main city of Lhasa. The incidents occurred at rallies week, sparked when a number of Buddhist monks were reportedly arrested after a march marking the 49th anniversary of a Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. They have continued all week, leading some to call them the largest protests against Beijing's rule in 20 years.


The crux of the longstanding conflict? China says Tibet has always been part of its territory even though Tibet has enjoyed long periods of autonomy prior to the twentieth century. Many Tibetans remain loyal to the Dalai Lama, who fled in 1959.

Under the heading of related but not: Richard Gere, famous Tibetan advocate, has been cleared of an arrest warrant today. He was a wanted man in India for allegedly breaking public obscenity laws by kissing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The controversial kiss happened at an AIDS awareness event last year prompting Hindu hardliners to allege the pair had offended the sensibilities of India's traditionally conservative culture.

His statement of freedom? "Gere is allowed to come and leave. He can't be arrested," according to an attorney for Shetty.

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DigitalChick DigitalChick 7 years
It has nothing to do with American whether Tibet is part of China or not. Back to Tang dynasty of China (618 TO 907), Tibet began to send diplomat to China so they can learn knowledge and techknowledge from China. They feel honored if they get to marry a Chinese woman or man. Such traditions continue from Tang dynasty to Qing dynasty then people's public of China. I have been thinking why Americans want to interfere with Tibet. There is no oil in Tibet as far as i know. But Tibet would make a good military base because of its special geographic location. Americans won't claim human right for people in other country if there is nothing they can go for there.
pequeña pequeña 7 years
I saw the images on TV and I was terrified. The Olympics Games in Pekin will definitively be a great way to denounce China's human rights violations and its politics in certain parts of the country, specially the case of Tibet.
Advah Advah 7 years
I agree Jillness, some people are already condemning the fact the next OG will be in Beijing because of the whole China/human rights/pollution issue - it sounds like now might be an opportunity for China's opponents to make the headlines.
ami_z ami_z 7 years
Not to nitpick, but the description of Tibet's status in the article is arguably flawed. Many would argue that Tibet did not just "enjoy long periods of autonomy" before Chinese invasion, but that it was its own nation. The Chinese government likes to base their premise that Tibet is a part of China on two main points: Firstly that Tibet never carved out a specific political boundary to their country--which they obviously did not do because they had the Himalayas to do that for them. And secondly (to a lesser degree) that Tibet and China have historical ties that show they are one culture. This is patently false. The languages are completely different, coming from different origins (Chinese alphabet is closer to Japanese while Tibetan is unique, but closer to Sanskrit), and the cultures are totally different. China argues that Tibet was incorporated into China in the 7th century when the ruling Tibetan monarch took a Chinese/Nepalese princess as one of his wives (the other one was Indian). Not only would that contention mean that Tibet could be annexed by India, but according to monarchic traditions of the time, China should be part of Tibet, not the other way around! I do not mean to descend into a history lesson, but I do think that it's important to point out the spuriousness of China's claims on Tibet. Not only is the Chinese government repressing protests, but, in order to gain favor with China (likely over land the two countries dispute), the Indian government is also cracking down on protests by Tibetans: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080313/wl_sthasia_afp/indiatibetchinaprotest
ami_z ami_z 7 years
Not to nitpick, but the description of Tibet's status in the article is arguably flawed. Many would argue that Tibet did not just "enjoy long periods of autonomy" before Chinese invasion, but that it was its own nation. The Chinese government likes to base their premise that Tibet is a part of China on two main points: Firstly that Tibet never carved out a specific political boundary to their country--which they obviously did not do because they had the Himalayas to do that for them. And secondly (to a lesser degree) that Tibet and China have historical ties that show they are one culture. This is patently false. The languages are completely different, coming from different origins (Chinese alphabet is closer to Japanese while Tibetan is unique, but closer to Sanskrit), and the cultures are totally different. China argues that Tibet was incorporated into China in the 7th century when the ruling Tibetan monarch took a Chinese/Nepalese princess as one of his wives (the other one was Indian). Not only would that contention mean that Tibet could be annexed by India, but according to monarchic traditions of the time, China should be part of Tibet, not the other way around! I do not mean to descend into a history lesson, but I do think that it's important to point out the spuriousness of China's claims on Tibet. Not only is the Chinese government repressing protests, but, in order to gain favor with China (likely over land the two countries dispute), the Indian government is also cracking down on protests by Tibetans:http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080313/wl_sthasia_afp/indiatibetchinaprotest
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Mintie I agree. I don't understand why these stories were yolked together unless you were going for some kind of irony.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Mintie I agree. I don't understand why these stories were yolked together unless you were going for some kind of irony.
Mintie Mintie 7 years
It is not a good day for Gere, a Buddhist, if more people have died in this conflict.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
China is going to get a lot more scrutiny with the Olympics coming up. I feel this is only the beginning.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
China is going to get a lot more scrutiny with the Olympics coming up. I feel this is only the beginning.
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