Free Tibet

In 2008, coinciding with the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games? demonstrations in many countries occurred to promote that Tibet, comprising the three traditional provinces of Amdo, Kham, and Ü-Tsang should become an independent kingdom.
The current political status of Tibet is as an Autonomous Region of China.
China has ruled over Tibet more or less continuously since the 15th century. From 1912 to 1950 during the chaotic Kuomintang era, Tibet enjoyed de-facto independence. Tibet has a government in exile, led by the Dalai Lama? but this government is not recognized as the legitimate government of Tibet by any major nation. The Free Tibet movement is largely led by Tibetans in exile with the support of some individuals and organizations outside of Tibet. Indeed, celebrities and many non-Tibetan Buddhists have lent their support or solidarity - this has led to the 'Free Tibet' movement harnessing much support since its creation.

In response to the 2008 unrest in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said that he only wants greater autonomy for Tibet within China, not full independence, which he described as "out of the question".1

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[+] Nothing can be done. Until China is a democracy, the occupation of Tibet is a military question.

[+] Boycott the Olympics

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