Video contradicts China on shooting of Tibetans – Joseph Kahn

From The New York Times, via The International Herald Tribune:

A Romanian videotape that appears to show Chinese security forces shooting two Tibetan refugees in the Himalayas contradicts Beijing’s claim that the refugees were shot when soldiers acted in self-defense.

China on Thursday acknowledged that soldiers had killed one refugee and wounded another in an incident that occurred Sept. 30. Xinhua, the official news agency, said the soldiers had acted only after about 70 refugees seeking to cross illegally into Nepal from China attacked border troops.

The video, taken a long range, shows a slow-moving, single-file line of Tibetan refugees climbing over a snow- covered mountain pass followed by Chinese troops. A rifle shot is heard and the first climber in the pack falls to the ground, followed by the climber at the tail end of the group.

A separate shot shows a uniformed Chinese soldier firing a rifle shot. It then shows several gun-toting soldiers examining the shooting victims and escorting some detainees back to a camp. [Full Text]

See CDT’s previous coverage of the shooting incident. See also official photos released by the Chinese government of the incident (via The Opposite End of China.)

October 15, 2006 7:52 AM
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