The Making of Modern China

Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama

1959: The Dalai Lama Flees Tibet
Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, sixth from left, rests with members of an escape party who protected him during his flight across the Himalayas to exile. The Dalai Lama left the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, on the night of March 17 after a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

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