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.”