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.

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