On March 10, 2008, the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese, several riots and protests took place throughout Tibet and abroad. China hosted its first Olympic games the same year — a year of extreme tension amongst Tibetans and their occupiers.
Scott Sporleder documented those clashes from two different locations: a protest in Leh, Ladakh, the home of thousands of Tibetans who escaped across the border, and Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan government in exile.
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