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Tibet is a distinct region of China, which for many centuries had been either an independent state, or in some way part of China. It is well known as a Buddhist nation, and the Dalai Lama resided here. However, in the 1950's, the People's Liberation Army of China invaded and annexed the Tibetan region. While China maintains that they respect the Tibetan culture, many foreign observers have questioned this and China's human rights record in Tibet.
2015 Tibetan ProtestsOn 13th November 2015, a large group of Tibetans started a peaceful protest in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa. Waving Tibetan, as well as other recent independent states' flag (including Catalonia, Quebec, Scotland, Padania and Kurdistan), they were chanting pro-independence and pro-Dalai Lama slogans. Around noon time Chinese police started arriving and confronted the protestors. While the protest continued to carry on peacefully, by mid-afternoon the police started to attack the protestors, and by the evening had arrested many, with four left dead, much to international horror.
It seemed that the threat was subdued until the 18th, when groups of armed Tibetans attacked a PLA convoy, killing the driver and taking the soldiers prisoner. Enraged, the PLA started an offensive into the area. On July 18, 2016, a group of Tibetan rebels destroyed several units of machinery in Chinese Quarry allegedly done by a stolen PLA Armored Personnel Carrier. Reports indicated one person was killed in the attack.
On the 28th of August, Secretary of the AR, Chen Quanguo, was transferred to the XUAR, replaced by Wu Yingjie. Rioting began in Lhasa at the appointment of yet another Han, not ethnic Tibetan, leader. This immediately caused unrest, and rioting shortly began, partially inspired by Hong Kong's rebellion.
On the 5th September, rebels with captured arms and an APC drove into Lhasa to support the rioters. The rebels, then using a tactic also used by the Catalan Rebels in the Spanish Collapse Crisis, drove the APC toward PLA forces, pretending themselves to be PLA, then attacked and disabled another APC, taking it themselves.