The Panchen Lama’s 70,000 Character Petition of 1962

Panchen Lama with monks in Tibet, date unknown

“… a poisoned arrow shot at the Party by reactionary feudal overloads.” – Mao Zedong’s reported comment on the Petition The 10th Panchen Lama’s most memorable achievement is the 70,000 Character Petition [B4], a document addressing the brutal suppression of the Tibetan people during and after the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet. It remains the “most…

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