Chinese-born writer Jianglin Li looks at China’s violent 1959 crackdown in Tibet and its parallels to Tiananmen 30 years later
In both the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and the killings in Lhasa in 1959, the "Chinese Communists used military might to crush popular uprisings, and both involved egregious massacres of civilians," says Jianglin Li, author of “Tibet in Agony: Lhasa 1959." "But for Tibetans, what sets the Lhasa massacre apart is their bitter sense of China as a foreign occupying power. The Tibetans were subjugated by force, and they are still protesting today."
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