Tibetans send China a message, 'Gangnam' style

As protests erupt in Tibet, Tibetans in India launch a more lighthearted form of resistance via YouTube.

The kids love the "Gangnam Style," even when they're Tibetan monks. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Tensions have escalated between China and Tibet as the country's government prepares for its once-in-a-decade change in leadership. New protests by Tibetans have included a string of self-immolations that have drawn international attention.

While the protests are serious, Tibetans in Dharamsala, India -- home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership in exile -- are also taking a more lighthearted approach to protesting China's long-contested and often brutal rule over the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

In the below video being spread via YouTube, an effigy of Beijing's presumed heir apparent, Xi Jinping, takes a " Gangnam Style " stroll through the main street of Dharamsala along with Tibetan monks, elders, and activists. Watch for nods to some of the other unorthodox protest tactics used by Tibetans, including a 2011 boycott of Chinese vegetable vendors.

About the author

Crave freelancer Eric Mack is a writer, radio producer, and podcaster based in Taos, N.M., but he lives in Google+. He's also managing editor of Crowdsourcing.org and has written e-books on both Alaska and Android. E-mail Eric.

 

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