Two Die in Tibetan Monastery Crackdown: Rights Group

The crackdown on Kirti Monastery in Sichuan has intensified when two people were killed in a government raid, AFP reports:

Authorities have sealed off Kirti Monastery in Sichuan province and ordered a re-education programme there following unrest triggered last month when a young monk set himself on fire and died in an apparent anti-government protest.

The International Campaign for Tibet, a US-based rights group with exile sources who have contacts in the region, said paramilitary police raided the monastery Thursday night and took away more than 300 monks.

Police then beat a group of laypeople who had been standing vigil outside Kirti, leading to the deaths of two Tibetans aged in their sixties, ICT said.

“People had their arms and legs broken, one old woman had her leg broken in three places, and cloth was stuffed in their mouths to stifle their screams,” an exiled Kirti monk was quoted as saying by the rights group.

April 23, 2011 6:47 PM
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