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Tibet in History this Week

January 24, 2010

January 23, 2010

Jan 19, 2009 -- The TAR regional people's
congress rubberstamped a motion to observe Mar 28
as "Serfs Liberation Day" holiday, marking the
day in 1959 when Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai
issued a decree to dissolve the "local"
government of Tibet and proclaimed the start of "democratic reforms" there.
Jan 19, 1988 -- The Dalai Lama met with the
Indian Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi, and,
reportedly, sought India's help for Tibetans to
regain their political and democratic rights.
Jan 20, 1963 -- In Beijing, China signed a borderline protocol with Nepal.
Jan 21, 1972 -- The Dalai Lama, en route to
Thailand, told newsmen in Calcutta that he
favoured a plebiscite on Tibet's future. China
reacted, Jan 27, attacking India for allowing him
to hold the press conference and to make a visit abroad.
Jan 21-23, 1997 -- Around 240 exile Tibetan
representatives took part in a three-day workshop
in Dharamsala to discuss a proposed referendum on
the future course of the Tibetan struggle. The
referendum eventually did not materialise as it
was found that nearly 65 percent of exile
Tibetans favoured the Dalai Lama to take the lead
in accordance with changing circumstances.
Jan 23, 1961 -- Following a meeting with the
Panchen Lama, Chairman Mao agreed to redress
"leftist errors" in Tibet and issued a six-point
directive on correcting leftist errors.
Jan 28, 1989 -- The 10th Panchen Lama suddenly
died, aged 50, reportedly of a heart attack, at
Tashi Lhunpo. The then TAR Party General
Secretary Hu Jintao had accompanied the Panchen
Lama to the Monastery on Jan 23 and was present throughout.
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