’30 Killed’ In Tibet Protests; Protests Continue in Gansu

From The Press Association:

The main Tibetan exile group said Chinese authorities have killed at least 30 Tibetan demonstrators and injured many more during protests against Chinese rule in the Tibetan capital.

The Tibetan government in exile, based in the north Indian town of Dharamsala, offered no details in their statement, and only says “there have been 30 confirmed deaths until today, and over 100 unconfirmed deaths”.

The statement comes after protests by Buddhist monks in Tibet turned violent, with shops and vehicles set on fire and gunshots fired in the streets of the region’s capital, Lhasa. Earlier reports said at least 10 people were killed.

Update: The New York Times has additional details, including about ongoing protests by monks in Xiahe, Gansu:

Conflicting reports emerged about the violence in Lhasa on Friday. The Chinese authorities denied that they had fired on protesters there, but Tibetan leaders in India told news agencies on Saturday that they had confirmed that 30 Tibetans had died and that they had unconfirmed reports that put the number at more than 100.

Demonstrations erupted for the second consecutive day in the city of Xiahe in Gansu Province, where an estimated 4,000 Tibetans gathered near the Labrang Monastery. Local monks had held a smaller protest on Friday, but the confrontation escalated Saturday afternoon, according to witnesses and Tibetans in India who spoke with protesters by telephone.

March 15, 2008 7:36 AM
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