[permaculture] BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Tibetan riots continue in China

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Mon Mar 24 20:11:26 EDT 2008


<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7311289.stm>
Last Updated: Monday, 24 March 2008, 20:26 GMT
Tibetan riots continue in China
Chinese soldiers patrol along a street in Kangding, Sichuan (23rd March)
Security remains tight in Tibet and surrounding regions
Protests are continuing in the Tibetan-populated areas of China, with state-run media saying one policeman was killed in 
the latest riot.

Several policemen were also injured in the clash in the western Sichuan province, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Tibetan government-in-exile says that 130 people died in and around the Himalayan region during clashes that began 
on 10 March.

Officials in Beijing have previously put the death toll at 19.

Neither of the figures can be independently verified.

Foreign journalists remain banned from Tibet.

In a separate development on Monday, pro-Tibet activists briefly disrupted a flame-lighting ceremony in Greece for the 
Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.

Protesters from media rights group Reporters Without Borders broke through the cordon of 1,000 police officers in 
Olympia as China's envoy spoke.

Differing accounts

Xinhua said one Chinese policeman was killed and several others were injured during the riots on Monday in Sichuan's 
Gaze prefecture.

	
TIBET DIVIDE
map
China says Tibet was always part of its territory
Tibet enjoyed long periods of autonomy before 20th century
1950: China launched a military assault
Opposition to Chinese rule led to a bloody uprising in 1959
Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled to India

Q&A: Tibet and China
Key events in Tibet unrest

It did not provide any further details.

Separately, local authorities in Sichuan said 381 people involved in earlier protests in Aba county had given themselves up.

Chinese and Tibetan sources have given very different accounts of the protests, which were started by Buddhist monks on 
the anniversary of a Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

Chinese authorities have blamed the Dalai Lama for orchestrating the unrest, in an attempt to sabotage the Beijing 
Olympics and promote Tibetan independence.

But the Tibetan government-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, northern India, says innocent civilians were killed by Chinese 
troops.

China's state media has recently attacked foreign news coverage of the unrest, claiming it is unfair.

The official People's Daily newspaper said foreign journalists had misrepresented government efforts to restore order as 
a military crackdown.
		
VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
Pro-Tibet demonstrations on day Olympic torch was lit

TENSION IN TIBET

KEY STORIES

Olympic torch lit despite protest
US lawmaker demands an inquiry
China intensifies crackdown
Dalai Lama urges dialogue

FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

Chinese paramilitary police in Zhongdian, Yunnan province Clamping down
Tibetan monk speaks out on round-up of protesters as unrest spreads

Tibetan monks: A controlled life
China's quandary
Dalai Lama's home off-limits
Tibet's unsettled borders

VIDEO REPORTS
Flag being held by protester Protests on day Olympic torch was lit
listen Jailed protester
watch Dalai Lama
watch Wen Jiabao

BACKGROUND

Key places and events
Guide: Inside Tibet
Q&A: China and Tibet
Profile: The Dalai Lama

EYEWITNESS

Tibetans describe unrest
Chinese react to violence
Lhasa now 'in cinders'
Monk 'kicked to the floor'


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