When Tibetans in Zatoe, Kham, took on mining companies and corrupt Chinese government officials, they won an unprecedented victory. Mining operations that threatened their community were shut down and Beijing officially marked the area as protected. A few things set the Zatoe campaign apart: good planning, strategy, and framing of the issue. When their first mass demonstration was met with a violent crackdown and “re-education” campaign, they changed tactics, sidestepping corrupt local officials and taking their case directly to Beijing. And when the authorities fired Tibetan village leaders, punishing them for supporting the protesters, others refused to take up the vacant posts, remaining united in pursuit of their goal.
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