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May 1, 2011 | By Isaac Stone Fish, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Art critic and painter Chen Danqing gave a speech in March excoriating the Culture Ministry for meddling in his affairs. "Don't you think this kind of pathetic, cowardly behavior is just like molesting yourselves?" he asked. A little later, the Communist Party arrested Ai Weiwei, artist, blogger, architect and big-hearted provocateur, the biggest catch in a crackdown that has snared dozens of activists. Now, Chen and others like him are left to reflect on what Ai's removal means for China and for them.
January 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
At least 81 people have been detained in Tibet before the 50th anniversary in March of the failed uprising that saw the Dalai Lama flee into exile, China's state news media said. The report didn't say whether the people detained were Tibetan. China has been preparing for the possibility of more unrest in Tibet since last March, when deadly rioting in the capital, Lhasa, sparked the biggest anti-government protests among Tibetans in decades. China claims that Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans assert that their Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries.
August 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi and New York, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China's actions in Tibet, at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics. In India, about 10,000 Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional costumes, asked China to prove that it was upholding the rights of people living in Tibet. In New York, about 1,000 protesters marched in Manhattan to the Chinese Consulate.
May 17, 1989 | From Reuters
The House on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning violence in Tibet and urging China to end human rights violations against Tibetans. The resolution, passed 408 to 1, asks China to lift martial law in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, at the earliest possible time and permit foreign journalists and human rights monitors access to Tibet. The measure urges President Bush to make respect for human rights, including the treatment of Tibetans, an important part of U.S.-China relations.
June 24, 2010
Two years ago, the Beijing Olympics sparked the biggest uprising of the Tibetan people inside and outside their country since China invaded it in the '50s and imposed a harsh, repressive rule against the native population. This protest prompted documentarians Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to make a fresh examination of the plight of the Tibetans still craving independence after a half century of either homeland misery or increasingly long exile. Their beautiful, stirring and inescapably elegiac "The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom" illuminates the increasing complexity and contradictions in regard to the role of the Dalai Lama, exiled in India since 1959.
April 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Indian police detained 27 Tibetan protesters and deployed 5,000 police officers ahead of Thursday's New Delhi leg of the Olympic torch relay, hoping to avoid chaotic protests by Tibet supporters, police said. Police held the Tibetans after they marched along the path the torch is scheduled to take, local police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. Protesters lighted a torch and chanted "No Olympics in China!" and "Freedom for Tibet!" Bhagat said the detainees were not charged and probably would be freed soon.
October 23, 2005
REGARDING "Lhasa Layer by Layer" [Oct. 9]: I landed in Lhasa at the end of a monthlong trip through China, on the day Beijing admitted its SARS outbreak in April 2003. The first thing we noticed was the heavy military presence. Tibet is an occupied territory that is subject of intense Chinese colonialism. Despite this, the Tibetans were warm and generous. At the Ganden Monastery, a Tibetan family invited me to partake in a matrimonial ritual. A student gave me a free tour by city bus of western Lhasa.
March 29, 2008
Re "Volcano in the Himalayas," Opinion, March 23 I am in sympathy with the Tibetans in their fight for home rule but find fault with some of the details in Joshua Kurlantzick's Op-Ed. Barbershops with girls offering sexual services in back rooms are ubiquitous in the major cities throughout China and are not solely symbolic of oppression and poverty in Lhasa and Tibet. It is as if to say that Americans are impoverished and oppressed because an occasional massage parlor offers sexual services.
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