Personally, I think that these protests will be just the beginning of a completely new development in Tibet.
The Dalai Lama even threatened with his resigning in case of the violence being continued.. So, if the world's most prominent icon for non-violonce still alive doesn't want to be responsible for it, who will? Where will it end?
And, do you think that boycotting the Olympics, as Richard Gere suggests (well, as an actor I'm sure he knows what he's talking about) is a solution?
Just curious about different opinons from around the globe.
(In case you haven't heard of it, here's a short summary (from the online version of a German news magazine).
"Protests by monks in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa appear to be escalating Friday.
The protests were triggered by the 49th anniversary of a revolt against the Chinese army. In Protected content , Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled from his summer palace disguised as a soldier and crossed the border into India. He has lived in exile in the Indian town of Dharamsala ever since.
On Friday, the Dalai Lama appealed to the Chinese leadership to stop using brute force against the Tibetan demonstrators.
The protests began on Monday with a small rally, where several monks were apparently arrested. Afterwards hundreds of monks took to the streets.
The monks are believed to be protesting about the so-called "patriotic education" which forms an obligatory part of their training. As part of that education, they have to publicly distance themselves from the Dalai Lama, who is still highly revered by Tibetans, despite China's propaganda efforts to the contrary.
Beijing has repeatedly tried to present the Dalai Lama as an "unrepentant traitor and separatist." Tibetans who own a photo of him risk punishment. Nevertheless, many lamas keep his picture in their monastic cells or carry one with them."
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