Tibetan protests continue to be met with aggression, intimidation and brutality.
In November 2012 China’s leadership hailed big changes with a new princeling, Xi Jinping, placed on the throne of the Communist Party for the next decade.
But the closely co-ordinated handover was marred by its clear rejection in Tibet; 26 Tibetans set themselves on fire in protest against China's occupation in the month of November alone.
They were mothers, fathers and teenagers, as young as 15 years old.
Motivation of protest
Many of these protesters left messages as to why they carried out their tragic actions.
17-year-old Sangye Dolma (29 Nov 2012) left a note saying “brave sons of Tibet, remember you are Tibetan”.
Since last November there have been at least 59 further cases of Tibetans setting themselves alight in protest.
Chinese bribes and threats
More worryingly the Chinese Criminal Court has criminalised self-immolation and are clamping down on friends, families and associates, accusing them of “inciting” such protests.
Families have been offered bribes to say that the actions were suicides.
In the most extreme example of this, Tibetan man Dolma Kyab was arrested for refusing to lie about why his wife set herself on fire.
He has now been sentenced to death.
Chinese brutality has not let up with security forces shooting at peaceful Tibetan gatherings, including in Tawu for the Dalai Lama’s birthday prayers.
Tashi Sonam was shot in the head and another reported six received gunshot wounds.
A large anti mining protest in Yushu was also met with gunshots and tear gas as seen on a video (below) received by Free Tibet.
Tibetans refuse to fly Chinese flag
Recently there have been protests by Tibetans and harsher punishment for refusing to fly the Chinese flag.
These are just a small selection of events that have happened in Xi’s first year of power.
Tibetans have sent a clear message that they are not happy with China’s brutal occupation.
Xi Jinping likes to see himself as a man with a “common touch” yet all Tibet feels is brutality and repression.
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