Some 400 Buddhist monks participated in a protest march in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, to commemorate the failed uprising of 1959, which resulted in the Dalai Lama fleeing to India.
On March 14, the largest protests in two decades turned violent. Ethnic Tibetans reportedly attacked Chinese citizens and vandalized public and private property. Chinese police used force to suppress the demonstrations. Tibetan leaders said that more than 100 Tibetans were killed, but Chinese officials said there were only 16 fatalities and denied that police had used lethal force.