Tibet Since 2008: A New Era of Resistance

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw unprecedented demonstrations around the world in support of Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom and Independence. The 2008 uprising was a critical moment in Tibet’s history of resistance, reawakening a new generation of activists both inside and outside Tibet. Ten years on, it is time to reflect on the uprising, consolidate our strengths, and discuss new strategies for advancing the struggle.

 

Past Events

April 24, 2018: SAN FRANCISCO

The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw unprecedented demonstrations around the world in support of the Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom and independence. A number of Bay Area residents, through Students for a Free Tibet, were involved in this campaign, including being a part of direct actions on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, the Olympic Torch Relay through San Francisco and on the ground in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. The 2008 uprising was a critical moment in Tibet’s history of resistance, reawakening a new generation of activists both inside and outside Tibet. Ten years on, it was time to reflect on the uprising, consolidate our strengths, and discuss new strategies for advancing the struggle.

The event took place at Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., SF on the evening of April 24 where we shared stories from the 2008 uprising as experienced in Tibet, China, and around the world.

We had filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen who was our special guest for the event. Other speakers included Laurel Sutherlin, Ginger Cassady and SFT’s very own Executive Director Dorjee Tseten. Antonia Juhasz was the moderator for the event.

March 10, 2018: NEW YORK

Ten years ago on this day, 200 monks from Drepung Monastery marched into Lhasa shouting slogans to demand Tibetan freedom, marking the beginning of a nationwide uprising. The demonstrations quickly spread across the Tibetan plateau, and involved everyone from monks and nuns to lay people, farmers, students and nomads.

The 2008 uprising was a critical moment in Tibet’s history of resistance, reawakening a new generation of activists both inside and outside Tibet. Ten years on, it was time to reflect on the uprising, consolidate our strengths, and discuss new strategies for advancing the struggle.

This event was held at Tibet House on the evening of March 10 where we shared stories from the 2008 uprising as experienced in Tibet, China, and around the world. Speakers included Kunchok, Bianca Bockman and Tendor.

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