Tibetan Uprising Day

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Tibetan Uprising Day, observed on March 10,[1][2] commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the presence of the People's Republic of China in Tibet. The failure of the armed rebellion ultimately resulted in a violent crackdown on Tibetan independence movements, and the flight of the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso into exile.

Tibetan Uprising Day is observed primarily by organizations and individuals who support Tibetan independence,[citation needed] such as Students for a Free Tibet, and is often accompanied by the release of a statement by the Dalai Lama.[3][4] Tibetan independence groups often organize protests or campaigns on March 10th to draw attention to the situation in Tibet.

In 2008, protests triggered a series of riots and violent clashes in the Tibetan city of Lhasa when the monks were arrested.[5] The events in Lhasa triggered a nationwide uprising with protests occurring in every region. The Central Tibetan Administration estimates the number of Protests to have occurred in 2008 to be 336.[6]

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  1. ^ Staff (10 March 2004). "Tibetan Uprising Day: Statement of the Dalai Lama". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2010-02-04.  Congressional Record: March 10, 2004 (Senate). Page S2538-S2539.
  2. ^ Iyer 2008, pg. 225
  3. ^ 10th March Statements Archive
  4. ^ His Holiness The Dalai Lama's 10 March 1999 Statement
  5. ^ Oster, Shai (28 March 2008). "Lhasa Riots Expose Tibet's Split Society". The Wall Street Journal: Business. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ "2008 Uprising in Tibet Chronology and Analysis" (PDF). The Central Tibetan Administration. 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 


  • Iyer, Pico. The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (2008) Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 978-0-307-26760-3

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