March 10: China cracks down on protests in Tibet using force — or
Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:36 a.m.
In reaction to the protests, a pro-Tibet rally was held outside the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, Calif., on March 17.
Some 400 Buddhist monks participated in a protest march in Tibet’s
capital, Lhasa, to commemorate the failed
uprising of 1959, which resulted in the Dalai Lama fleeing to India.
On March 14, the largest protests in two
decades turned violent. Ethnic Tibetans
reportedly attacked Chinese citizens
and vandalized public and private property.
Chinese police used force to suppress the demonstrations. Tibetan
leaders said that more than 100 Tibetans were killed, but Chinese
officials said there were only 16 fatalities and denied that police
had used lethal force.
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