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Tibetans Mark New Year with Mourning བོད་སྐད།


Tibetans in their homeland and in exile have marked the beginning of their traditional New Year holiday with prayers but little celebration.

One year after the largest protests in half a century swept across the Tibetan plateau, many Tibetans instead decided to mourn victims of the crackdown.

On the first day of the Year of the Earth Ox, foreign journalists reported that Tibetans appeared to be observing an informal boycott of festivities as riot police patrolled the streets of some towns in Tibet.

The Washington Post and Reuters spoke to Tibetans Wednesday (in the town of Rebkong, Chinese: Tongren) near the Dalai Lama's birthplace in Qinghai province who said there was no reason to celebrate after what happened last year.

Tibetan exiles on Wednesday held protests at Chinese consulates in New York and Kathmandu, while others gathered to say prayers for their dead compatriots.

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