Tibet travel restrictions imposed by China

According to a top Chinese official for Tibet, travelling to this area will be limited due to cold weather and overcrowding. However, the real reason seems to be growing anti-China protest, which have started in March 2008 – the worse unrest in over 20 years which will be celebrated this month.

The 2008 riots started in Lhasa and spread to other Tibetan communities across western China.The Chinese have responded with a massive military operation.

This civil unrest is being blamed on the followers of the Dalai Lama which are allegedly seeking to separate Tibet from China.

These latest travel restrictions highlight the authorities continued sensitivity over Tibet, says the BBC’s Martin Patience in Beijing.

As the anniversary approaches, foreigners that wish to visit the Tibet mountainous region will not be able to do so, as travel agencies have been ordered not to allow tourists into Tibet.

A certain fact remains that casualties have resulted from this ongoing turmoil and the numbers of victims currently known of are between 18 and 140. According to the Dalai Lama, independence is not what Tibetan wish for, they only ask for a meaningful autonomy.

He has accused China of “cultural genocide”, by seeking to change the ethnic mix of Tibet and erode Tibetan culture, language and religion with a massive influx of ethnic Han Chinese and a system of “patriotic re-education.”

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