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Hope and defiance in Tibet (NDTV)

February 16, 2009

Prerna Suri, NDTV India
Friday, February 13, 2009, (Lhasa)
It has been nearly a year since the March uprising in Tibet in which
thousands of ordinary Tibetans demonstrated against Chinese rule in the
region.

March 14, 2008 became a watershed moment for the people of Tibet. It was
at the central Square outside the Potala Palce that the biggest protest
rally was launched by the Tibnetan monks against Chinese aggression.

Amdo, a key leader in those riots, told NDTV from a secret location in
Lhasa what had happened during those restive days.

"A group of people were demanding jobs for jobless Tibetans. Another
group of people were asking the Chinese to leave Tibet."

For the first time in decades, it seemed, Tibetans had a voice.

But this was soon to be crushed by the might of the Chinese army. The
iron first with which the Chinese responded to these protests was
heavily criticsed.

And the aftershocks were even felt in India and Nepal. China still
denies that any wrongdoing took place.

Apeijinyuan, DDG, Ethnic & Religious Affairs Committee, says: "Nine
hundred protestors were detained and 70 were arrested as they had broken
the law."

Religion has become, by necessity, politicised in modern Tibet with
Buddishts monks being regularly targeted for their religious views.
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