Tibetan Voices Grow Louder

Plight of Tibet is back in the spotlight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 8:25 AM CDT
Sergia Delia, member of Italian parliament, flags off the Tibetan foot march in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 10, 2008. Hundreds of Tibetan exiles began a six-month march from India to Tibet on Monday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nearly a half-century after China brutally crushed Tibetan opposition and sent the Dalai Lama into exile, calls for China to give Tibet more freedom are stronger than they have been in decades. While Beijing remains unwilling to budge, activists plan to use China's time in the Olympic spotlight to show that the world hasn't forgotten about Tibet. The Independent takes a look.

This week's 49th anniversary of the crackdown saw protests worldwide and monks on the streets of Lhasa in the biggest demonstration there in 20 years. Hundreds of Tibetan exiles have begun a long march from India back to their Himalayan homeland and a "freedom torch" is making its way from Athens to the Tibetan border in time for the Beijing Olympics, where the Tibet issue is certain to add controversy.