Tibet Monks Protest China Rule
Dozens arrested in biggest demonstrations since 1989
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2008 4:10 PM CDT
Tibetan activists dressed as Chinese soldiers enact a play during a demonstration in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 10, 2008. Monday marks the anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tibetan monks staged the biggest protests against the Chinese government in 2 decades yesterday, reports the Times of London. The two sides clashed in Lhasa amid sporadic gunfire. Hundreds of monks and supporters marked the anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan uprising. Sources say police arrested as many as 60 monks, although the Chinese government will not confirm the figures.

The protest continued until police sent units to all the large monasteries; they eventually broke up sit-ins. “Tibetans are more willing to take risks” right now, said a rep for the International Campaign for Tibet. “It is Olympics year and the spotlight is on China.”