Images and News of Tibet Riots Seep Onto Web, Despite Chinese Authorities’ Clampdown

“Photos and footage of the bloody riots and protests in Tibet continue to make their way onto the web, despite the Chinese authorities’ best efforts to both spin the news and stifle reports emerging from the
region,” Sarah Lai Stirland writes on Wired magazine’s blog:

Depending on what you read, the Chinese police cracked down on Tibetan civilians and monks over the week-end as peaceful protests turned violent, or the Tibetans (who’ve been culturally repressed for years) planned a riot and beat anyone who is not Tibetan.

The Chinese authorities have, predictably, blocked access to YouTube within China. And they’ve also been able to selectively block television news reports of the events in the Tibetan Capital of Lhasa.

Much of the reporting from Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet comes from bloggers, tourists and activism organizations rather than traditional news outlets, which appear to have been blocked from the region.

Phayul, a Tibetan exile publication, has posted a number of audio and video reports from Tibet and other areas. The following videos are from Wired’s blog and Duowei News. They include reports on the Lhasa riots from western, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Chinese perspectives.

Also, here is the latest photo of a Tibetan man killed during recent rioting in Aba County, Sichuan Province. More photos from Aba County here (warning, they’re extremely graphic).

The following photos of Lhasa streets after the riots are from a Hong Kong Phoenix TV reporter whose online name is chenlin1234. She is currently in Lhasa and those photos were published on her blog on March 17, 2008.

March 18, 2008 4:46 PM
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