Remembering Free Tibet(25 images)

March 20, 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising when fearing an abduction attempt by China, 300,000 Tibetans surrounded the Dalai Lama's palace to prevent his removal. Today we take a look back at this historic struggle for freedom through the lens of UPI photographers.

Chinese kneel and pray in one of several Buddha worship halls in Yonghe Gong, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple in Beijing January 18, 2009. The temple, known to have many undercover police on the premise, is still widely visited by Chinese and tourists despite the problems facing Tibetans. Ahead of the politically sensitive 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's flight into exile and the crushing of the Tibetan rebellion, China has told Tibet to celebrate the event as a liberation from feudalism. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver) | License Photo
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