March 10th, 2009
05:07 PM ET

Tensions high on Tibet anniversary

Jaime FlorCruz
CNN Beijing Bureau Chief

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Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and the chasm between Beijing and critics of its Tibet policies remains deep and wide.

Pro-Tibet supporters have marched in London and other cities to mark the anniversary. "Tibetans have had enough Chinese rule," said Matt Wiskase, a protest organizer in London. "They emphatically reject Chinese rule in Tibet and they want to be free."

The Dalai Lama said Tuesday that the Chinese government has made life "hell on Earth" for Tibetans during the half-century since a failed uprising against its rule in 1959.


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  1. Tomasz


    South Ossetia wants to become part of Russia. Georgia is holding on to it, against the "will of the Ossetian people", with the blessings of the US.

    If you fight for Tibet, you must also fight for South Ossetia.

    Just because President Mikhail Sakhashvilli wants to become part of NATO, you let him do what he wants.
    It is the case of another dictator 'propped up' by the US.

    Fulgencio Batista was allowed by the US to torture the Cubans. Mikhail Sakhashvilli is allowed to bully the Ossetians.

    You will condemn Chinese oppression, but you will not look at the oppression you allow.

    March 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    The writings of the Dalai Lama make so much sense to me. He is first and foremost about peace. Buddhism is about peace. The fact that the people of Tibet are still being denied that right to live in peace is an atrocity. It's a pity the Chinese government doesn't get it. Then again, most bullies don't. What is so ironic is that they hate the Dalai Lama, but I'm guessing he's the bigger man still praying for them.

    March 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  3. Barbara in Boston

    What the Chinese are doing in Tibet is as much ethnic cleansing as anything else. They are moving more Chinese into Tibet in an attempt to erase the Tibetan culture. The Tibetans are becoming strangers in their own land.

    March 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  4. Muthyavan.

    It is fifty years since Tibetan people lost their freedom, ancient culture and the pure form of Buddhist religion to the Chinese authoritarian rule. Today they are living as unfortunate refugees in many corners of the world, While their culture freedom and religion is coming under the strict microscopic control of the Peking based Chinese rulers in Tibet.

    Tibetans are loosing faith little by little in their spiritual leader Thalai Lama's non violence protest and younger generation of Tibetans living in many countries are actively involving in an armed struggle to raise their protest against Chinese rulers. Recently many violent protest were staged coinciding with the opening of the Olympic games in Peking.
    Before the games started Peking invited a delegation from the exile Tibetan government for talks, just to satisfy International opinion, but nothing was done to satisfy the Tibetans demand for autonomy, so the protest is continuing today in Tibet and in many part of the world.
    China which is hit very badly by the current economic crisis is actively destroying Tibetan freedom by enforcing a strict Army rule over the Tibet. Internationally too China is waging a war against its spiritual leader Thalai Lama preventing preference given to him as a head of a Tibetan government in exile. China which is accused of severe human rights violations is also actively supporting many world rulers in their fight against human rights violation by supply of unlimited arms and ammunitions. Ethnic cleansing wars in Sudan Srilanka and in many part of the world has full support of Chinese rulers.

    March 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  5. Joe G. (Illinois)

    The Dalai Lama does not seek peace and autonomy! And no one needs to be a so called “Buda” to see or realize that..! Fantasy Hero’s, misdirection, misperceptions.. What they really want life on earth, but be on top of the world…

    March 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm |