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Tibetan Buddhist Genocide

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by Nikolas Rivera on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of Tibetan Buddhist Genocide

Tibetan Buddhists Genocide What Is Genocide? A Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. In other words a Genocide is one type of people deciding to kill another type of people because of their race, religion, or just different. For example Adolph Hitler killed Jewish people because he thought Jewish people were the reason why the Germans lost World War I Tibetan Buddhists The religion of Tibet, a form of Mahayana Buddhism. Tibet refers to a mountainous region in Central Asia covering 2.5 million square kilometers. Today, Tibet is still occupied by China. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people, lives in exile in India, and Chinese officials outnumber Tibetans in their own homeland. Tibetan Buddhism exerted a strong influence from the 11th century AD among the peoples of Central Asia, especially in Mongolia and Manchuria. It was adopted as an official state religion by the Mongol Yuan dynasty and the Manchu Qing dynasty of China. Today, Tibetan religious communities in the West consist both of refugees from Tibet and westerners drawn to the Tibetan religious tradition. When Was This Genocide The Tibetan Buddhist Genocide started around the 1950s when the Chinese wanted to erase all of Tibet culture. During this time people from Tibet could not practice religion, speak Tibet language, and school children would have to study Chinese in order to get an education or job. This has been going on since 1959 and still going. The Aggressors The aggressors of the Tibetan Buddhist Genocide is the Chinese government. The reason why the Chinese started to kill the Tibetan people was for the land. The Chinese government also made numerous restrictive policies on the culture, religion, and language. The Groups Targeted The groups targeted were the Tibet people because China wants to occupy Tibet. As said China wants to try to take away Tibet ways of life, but Tibetan Buddhists want to keep their religion and way of life. Where This Is Taking Place Tibet and China are both in Asia. They are both right next to each other. Tibet is on the west side of China. The Number Killed In the years 1959-1960 an estimate of 87,000 people died. Many Tibetan people died of starvation in camps. 1,000,000 Tibetan people were tortured and tormented. Also Tibetan women who were pregnant had to have an abortion. From the Survivor A survivor named Janyang Samten, a 15 year old, who tried to escape Tibet in order to cross the Himalayas. Of all the survivors, 41 managed to reach India, but 32 such as Samten were caught. When he was taken to a labor camp he was beaten by a guard wearing a metal glove. In this labor camp he had to dig ditches, build fences and work on fields. Samten had to do this for 48 days. 4,000 People like him try to escape Tibet every year Link to the Holocaust This Genocide can be compared to the Holocaust during World War II because the Chinese put the Tibetan people into camps, tortured them, and put them into hard labor. Another thing similar to the Holocaust is that the Chinese wanted to take away Tibet culture and ways of life. During the Holocaust Hitler wanted to kill anyone who was not a pure blood German.
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