May 1, 2011 |
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.
March 15, 2008 |
Tibet was hit by a fresh wave of violence Friday as protests by hundreds of Buddhist monks and other residents against Chinese rule resulted in burned shops, vandalized police vehicles and at least 10 deaths, government officials and witnesses said. American citizens in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, reported rioting and gunfire, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said in a warning to stay away from the city, which has seen several days of anti-Chinese protests. "All care should be taken to avoid unnecessary movement within the city until the situation is under control," the alert said.
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December 7, 1995 |
The 18-year-old carjacker and probation camp inmate furrowed his brow as he carefully tapped grains of orange sand out of a hollow tube, sketching a fine line around a mandala--a three-foot-wide sand painting. "When I came here, I didn't have no patience," said Jimmy, a Maywood gang member incarcerated at Camp David Gonzales who is studying the ancient art under Tibetan monks. "When somebody looked at me wrong, I'd hit them." "Now I got patience." An onlooking monk smiled approvingly.
May 10, 1986 |
China will open 12 more Tibetan peaks to foreign climbers during the next five years, the New China News Agency said Friday. Five of the new areas will open this year, including Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain.
March 14, 1989 |
Police detained 67 Tibetan exiles Monday after thay began an indefinite program of sit-ins outside foreign embassies demanding "immediate intervention" by the United Nations with China to "prevent further bloodshed in Tibet."
April 18, 2008 |
Nepalese police detained more than 500 Tibetan exiles decrying a crackdown in their homeland in a protest near the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu, police said. Officers in blue camouflage uniforms chased down red-robed Buddhist monks and nuns and other Tibetans. In neighboring India, runners carried the Olympic flame along a route through central New Delhi guarded by about 15,000 police officers who kept away Tibetan exiles and other anti-China protesters.
June 24, 1990 |
Atop a steep slope overlooking this mountainous retreat is the hut of a Buddhist hermit, festooned with flags of prayer. Spring breezes puff through the evergreens. The flags flap. As they do, says Tibetan lore, prayers inscribed on the sun-bleached cloth are released. Outside it is peaceful, but inside the hut agitation reigns. Jampa Tenzin, the hermit, fiddles with the cap on a can of "Springtime" air freshener.