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Newsweek: The Next Saffron Revolution

Author: Melinda Liu
March 31, 2008


Newsweek's Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu reports on Beijing's latest brutal crackdown on ethnic-Tibetan unrest and interviews exiled spiritual and political leader the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama tells Liu that he had been driven to tears by images of the violence. "But at the deeper, emotional level there is calm," he says. "Every night in my Buddhist practice, I give and take. I take in Chinese suspicion; I give back trust and compassion." Those mantras may be a comfort to the Dalai Lama, but thousands of younger Tibetans are only hardening in their fury. Every Chinese attempt to silence the protests seems almost calculated to do the opposite.

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