Real shame? How about this: A country that was free at one point, was completely taken over by a monsterously large other country. Their government has been replaced, they have destroyed the geographical heart of Buddhism itself, by burning monestaries, taking prisoners, and executing the innocent. A region so rich in culture is now strangled by China for it's economic and natural resources. Sorry if this is a troll, but I think had Tibet been free from the beginning, they would have done what's right for their own country rather than have China handle everything, treat their people as lower lifeforms, and ruin what took millenia to create. Thank Mao.