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05-10-1989

Dalai Lama wins Nobel Prize

The Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign to end Chinese domination of Tibet. In 1950, China invaded Tibet and forced anti-religious legislation on the highly religious Tibetan people, who practice a unique form of Buddhism. Nine years later, Tibetans launched a major rebellion, which Chinese forces crushed. The Dalai Lama fled and set up a government-in-exile across the border in India. With Dharmsala as his base, the Dalai Lama traveled the world, successfully drawing international attention to the continuing Chinese suppression of the Tibetan people and their religion.