Loory: When it comes to a desire for individual freedom, the right to speak, to write or to practice religion according to one’s beliefs, the world knows no bounds. And so at its top, in the shadow of its highest mountains, the Himalayas, along plains that are sparsely populated, in cities and towns few Westerners will ever see, a small number of Tibetans have been protesting for freedom from the People’s Republic of China. The Communist Chinese, shortly after they won the civil war that gave them control of their country in 1951, invaded Tibet. They repressed the Buddhist religion, disbanded monasteries and have tried to force assimilation of ethnic Tibetans with the Chinese. The Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, fled the country in 1959 and now lives on the other side of the Himalayan Mountains in Dharamsala, India. He is a spiritual and political leader and is recognized as the reincarnation of authority that goes back to the 14th century. He preaches nonviolence in the search for freedom. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. With international attention on China as it readies for the opening of the Olympic games in Beijing this summer, Buddhist monks in Tibet renewed demonstrations for freedom from the Chinese. Authorities put down the demonstrations with force, and some monks and others have died. It’s not possible to know specifics because Tibet is closed to international journalists. The world has watched with fascination the events in a country known for its serenity and peacefulness even while oppressed, but the world knows little about what is happening. What is going on in Lhasa and other cities in Tibet?
Tibetans continue struggle against China
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