Death Reports as Chinese Police Open Fire on Monks and Nuns (Updated)
Despite government efforts to quell the unrest, people are still protesting in Tibetan areas. The Times reports that two people were killed when police open fire on protesters in Luhuo, Sichuan Province today:
The demonstration began at about 4pm local time when about 200 nuns from Woge nunnery and a similar number of monks from Jueri monastery marched out of their hillside sanctuaries and walked towards the Luhuo Third District government office in the nearby town. They were swiftly joined by an estimated several hundred farmers and nomads, witnesses said.
Shouting “Long Live the Dalai Lama” and “Tibet belongs to Tibetans”, they approached the district government office. However, paramilitary People’s Armed Police swiftly appeared and ordered the crowd to turn back. Town residents reported that, in the ensuing melee, shots were fired and two people appeared to have died.
They identified one of those believed to have been killed as a farmer, Congun Dengzhu, and the second as a monk whose name was not known. About a dozen people were reported to have been wounded. Several people who answered the phone in Luhuo late yesterday said there had been two casualties in the town but refused to speak further.
See also a report from Phayul.com on the incident.
UPDATE: Xinhua is now reporting that on epoliceman was killed in the protest. See “Riots rage in China as protests overshadow Olympic ceremony.“