Tibet Unrest

I went to Tibet the summer of 2001 to complete senior field research as part of my geography coursework at Humboldt State University and it was amazing, month-long journey (photo gallery).

Last week saw a wave of violence sweep the plateau with anti-Chinese demonstrations escalating into violence in the Tibetan capital as security forces clashed with the protesters. Sympathy protests occurred in India and Nepal. Chinese police action occurred throughout cultural Tibet including Repkong (article about Tongren from Christian Science Monitor) and Labrang (video feed from Xiahe from The Guardian) in Gansu and Qinghai provinces. The Wall Street Journal has a good interactive map of the events in Lhasa.

It looks like the security forces will now proceed with a Myanmar (Burma) style brutal crackdown, complicated by the fact that China’s new president was once governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region and was known to be less than friendly in his tactics then. The impact on this summer’s Olympics in Beijing (such as a boycott by some attending nations because of human rights concerns) remains to be seen. Read more in today’s edition of The Post…

Here’s my map of the situation in Saturday’s The Washington Post:


While researching the map for The Post, I found a neat Wired graphic of the luxery train to Lhasa from the July 2007 issue, below. Credit to Jason Lee. (Read Wired article).

wired china rail 

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One Response to “Tibet Unrest”

  1. tenzin says:

    Students for a Free Tibet has a new online video channel broadcasting from London throughout the worldwide uprising for Tibetan freedom during the Beijing Olympics: Free Tibet 2008 Television, or FT08.TV.

    With all the Olympic actions for Tibet taking place and particularly the incredible success of the ‘opening’ banner action outside Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium on Aug. 6th and subsequent media storm here in the UK, it took some time to get FT08.TV ready for prime time.

    But with the dedicated help of lots of people, SFT’s new video channel is up and running, and filled with lots of must-see on-demand content, including inspiring Tibet activist video-profiles, action reports, video-blogs, and more.

    We’re also airing a nightly Windhorse Report live from London with SFT leaders Tenzin Dorjee and Han Shan ? a roundup of reports from Beijing and around the world during the Olympics, with breaking news about protests, call-in interviews with news-making activists, episodes of SFT-TV (the efforts of SFT’s global grassroots), and info and analysis about the situation on the ground in Tibet.

    There will be more and more compelling content to watch every day and we’ll be improving the channel/website as we go (after all, this is but one small facet of our Olympic efforts right now). But please come check it out: surf around the many videos on the channel, or watch the stream (click on “Streaming Now” in the upper left-hand corner). Last but not least, you’re invited to submit video… check out the channel for more on what we’re looking for.

    Please help spread the word about FT08.TV? join the facebook group, blog about it, embed the videos, spam your address book ? and of course, keep watching.

    And don’t forget to visit SFT’s Olympics Campaign website: http://www.FreeTibet2008.org and SFT’s blog: http://www.blog.studentsforafreetibet.org for more news and analysis from the frontlines of the current global effort to make Olympic history for Tibet.

    Note: many thanks to Nathan Dorjee, Shannon Service, Andi Mignolo, Alex Fountain, Thupten Nyima, Kala Mendoza, and many others for helping to make FT08.TV happen at this critical time.
    5:32 PM