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Tibet: Unrest in the ‘Roof of the World’

Tanks in Lhasa
On March 10th, a group of about 500 Buddhist monks marched from the Drepung monastery to demand the release of monks arrested last October for celebrating the award of a US congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama. Between fifty and sixty monks were arrested as police and paramilitary units blocked roads and surrounded other monasteries in the Lhasa area to prevent protests from growing. Despite the heavy crackdown, over the next days the protests rapidly spread and unrest has been reported throughout Tibet and in provinces close to Tibet with large ethnic Tibetan populations.