From February 2011 to July 2012, Tibetans in Nangchen boycotted Chinese vegetable sellers because of their exorbitant prices, and created an alternative source for vegetables. By April 2011, the majority of Tibetans were participating in the boycott. Chinese vendors complained to the police, who refused to intervene, but warned the Tibetans not to associate themselves with the Dalai Lama or Tibetan independence. Some Chinese vegetable sellers left the area and other Tibetan villages were inspired to try similar boycotts. The success of this boycott demonstrated that Tibetans have the power to change the local economy. The interest from other villages suggests that there is potential for this to expand to larger-scale economic changes.
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