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1959: Why did the Dalai Lama Flee Tibet?

1959: Why did the Dalai Lama Flee Tibet?
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The Chinese violently suppressed the Tibetan uprising and, on this day, Chinese artillery shells started to fall on the Dalai Lama’s palace.

On this day in 1959 the Dalai Lama fled from his native Tibet and went to India, where he lives to this day. The current Dalai Lama, named Tenzin Gyatso, is the fourteenth Dalai Lama (the first lived in the 14th century, around the time of Marco Polo). The Dalai Lama had to flee from Tibet because his life was threatened. Namely, the Chinese violently suppressed Tibetan uprising and, on this day, Chinese artillery shells started to fall on the Dalai Lama’s palace. In Indian exile he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He left Tibet when he was only 23 years old.

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