20+ photos of Tibet BEFORE and AFTER the invasion, it’s like two different worlds

In the name of “liberating” Tibet, the Chinese Communist Party utterly devastated the once-peaceful Land of the Snows, killing monks en masse and reducing sacred religious sites to ruins. According to How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World, “out of the 2,700 temples originally in Tibet, only 8 were left.”

Not only do Tibetans feel incomplete without their now-exiled spiritual leader, but the Chinese regime’s strategic flooding of Han Chinese in Lhasa, for the reason of “supporting the advancement of the region,” is changing the whole makeup of this once-secluded Shangri-La. Tibetans are becoming the minority in their own country, and Tibetan culture is being swallowed up.

Here we have a collection of images of Tibet before Chinese occupation, and after:

~ BEFORE ~

Rare footage from pre-invasion times

©YouTube Screenshot | BBC

Handmade Tibetan ceremonial clothing

©YouTube Screenshot | BBC

The Dalai Lama (or Ocean of Wisdom) is both a spiritual and secular leader

©YouTube Screenshot | BBC

Little monks see a camera for probably their first time ever

©YouTube Screenshot | BBC

Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, declared Independence of Tibet in 1913 by written proclamation

©Free Tibet

A military parade in 1938. The Tibetan flag is strictly prohibited in Tibet today, but it was a welcome sight before the communists invaded

©FreeTibet

The 14th Dalai Lama (current) at his enthronement ceremony on Feb. 22, 1940, in Lhasa

©Wikipedia

Traditional ceremonies, though mostly all banned by the Chinese regime today, were a big part of Tibetan life once upon a time

©YouTube Screenshot | BBC
©YouTube Screenshot | BBC

Tibetan woman wearing an elaborate array of precious jewels

©YouTube Screenshot | Office of Strategic Services

These beautiful girls are a little camera shy; they’re trying to keep straight faces

©YouTube Screenshot | Office of Strategic Services

More traditional garb

©YouTube Screenshot | BBC

“His Holiness” is not to be seen anymore in his homeland. Pictures of him are deemed illegal by the Chinese regime

©OHHDL

A 1941 U.S. military map showing Tibet as a country

©Tibettruth

~ AFTER ~

Communist ideology is antithetical to all religions

©Wikipedia | John Hill

A 2008 military crackdown in Ngaba saw the arrest of many monks

©Wikipedia | SFT HQ (Students for a Free Tibet)

Monks manhandled by Chinese police. The placards they’re made to wear label them as “separatists”

©Wikipedia | SFT HQ (Students for a Free Tibet)

Blood-red communist party flags line The Barkhor, the most popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals in Lhasa

©Getty Images | Steve Allen

Mao wanted to destroy the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama’s former residence, in order to crush the spirit of the Tibetan people. He decided otherwise, knowing it could be used to make money as a tourist destination. Again, the Chinese regime’s prominently displayed blood-red flag is a constant reminder of who’s boss around here

©Getty Images | JOHANNES EISELE

Monasteries and patrolling Chinese security personnel are not an uncommon sight in Lhasa these days

©Getty Images | Robert Nickelsberg – Officers of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) strolling past Jokhang Temple, w. pious making obeisance outside, in Barkhor section of Lhasa, Tibet.

Ganden Monastery was destroyed by the People’s Liberation Army in 1959. It was considered one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, before being reduced to ruins

©Wikipedia | Tashi0

This photo, taken in 1958, depicts a common scene at the time

Mao forced Tibetans to deify him, as pictured here in Ramoche Monastery

Unfortunately, Tibet didn’t stand a chance…

Mao first ensured the destruction of China’s 5,000 years of culture during the “Great Cultural Revolution,” then he turned his attention to Tibet…

Fines apply to Tibetans who refuse to sing songs that praise the Chinese dictatorship

Lhasa is one of the most heavily guarded cities under Chinese occupation

©Getty Images | China Photos

Tibet’s government in exile claims that more than 1 million Tibetans have died of unnatural causes as a direct consequence of Chinese occupation.

According to independent researchers, the Chinese Communist Party is targeting Tibetans and Uyghurs for live organ harvesting, though Falun Gong practitioners remain the primary targets owing to their healthy organs.

For more on forced organ harvesting, see below:

Watch the video on Tibet’s current predicament here:

 
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