Friday, February 02, 2007

Tibetans at the Hands of the Chinese

This AP report at CNN tells the story of what happened during and after the incident on 9/30 when Chinese border guards opened fire on unarmed Tibetans.

Forty-one refugees managed to reach India, but 32 others were caught and detained. While Samten said some of those detained have since been released, he is the only member of the group known to have again tried to flee and made it.

Samten's account of his detention and flight, told to The Associated Press at a center for Tibetan refugees in Dharmsala, the home of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was the first report of the fate of those captured in September.

The article concludes with these words:

Tibetans say China, which sent its troops into the Himalayan area in 1950, has attempted to destroy Tibetan Buddhist culture by flooding Tibet with China's ethnic Han majority.

China says Tibet has been part of China for centuries.

HT: Alan Arnette's climbing blog.

Here's a song commemorating the tragedy:

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