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Tibet in History this Week

May 8, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 4, 2009

May 1, 1977: Reuter cited a New China News Agency report about Ngabo Ngawang Jigme, a vice chairman of the National People's Congress, as saying that China would "welcome the return the Dalai Lama and his followers who fled to India during the 1959 rebellion in Tibet."

May 1 & 4, 1998: On the International Labour Day of May 1 and International Youth Day of May 4, Tibetans in Lhasa's Drapchi Prison staged demonstrations expressing support for the Dalai Lama and Tibet's freedom.

May 1955: Many refugees from Kham and Amdo streamed into Central Tibet following large-scale atrocities by invading Chinese troops.

May 1958: Deng Xiaoping, the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, formally approved the construction of the site for China's Northwest Nuclear Weapons Research and Design Academy (the Ninth Academy) in Haibai (Tibetan: Tsojang) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

May 1980: The Tibetan government in exile sent to Tibet a second and a third fact-finding missions, made up of youngsters and educationists, respectively.

May 1982: Over 115 Tibetan political activists were arrested and were branded as "delinquents" and "black marketeers".

May 1990: China announces new plans for birth control in Tibet, underscoring ongoing reports of forced abortion and sterilisation of Tibetan women as well as infanticide.

May 1994: US President Bill Clinton delinked human rights from consideration of granting Most Favoured Nation (MFN) trading status to communist China.

May 1996: Monks of Gaden Monastery in Tibet clashed with the Chinese police when the latter came to confiscate the photos of the Dalai Lama. More than 60 monks were arrested.
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