China marks 50 years of direct control over Tibet
More and more I'm starting to doubt the whole Dalai Lama thing. I mean. Yes. China is a very oppressive country has shown it's willingness to use force in Tibet to quell any kind of uprising but at the same time what was Tibet like before China took over? All I've read about Tibet post-Communist China seems to infer that it was a religious monarchy with an entire population devoted to the servitude of a bunch of monks that kept banning foreigners from entering Tibet. Not that much different from what China is currently doing. If you ask me Tibet really hasn't changed that much. Only difference is a different guy in management. Free Tibet. Yes. But why? So that they can go back to what they were before which isn't that much different from what they are now?China celebrated 50 years of direct control over Tibet with a lavish international Buddhist conference Saturday featuring a rare appearance by Beijing's hand-picked Buddhist leader — underscoring efforts to promote its image as a protector of the faith.
March 28 marks the date when China ended the 1959 Tibetan uprising, sending Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama over the Himalayas into exile in India and placing Tibet under its direct rule for the first time.
In China's official version of events, Tibet in mid-century was a remote medieval backwater where most people lived in servitude to the Buddhist theocracy and nobility until the Communist government stepped in. To support that contention, China commemorated a new political holiday Saturday — "Serfs Liberation Day."
"Just as Europe can't return to the medieval era and the United States can't go back to the times before the Civil War, Tibet can never restore the old serf society era," Zhang Qingli, the Communist Party boss of the region, told a crowd of more than 13,000 in Lhasa, the Tibetan regional capital where the government held a separate ceremony for the holiday.