Tibetans, Chinese Police Clash Over Balloon Prices

New Year’s celebrations took a violent turn in the monastery town of Tongren in Qinghai Province, Reuters reports.

A dispute over the price of balloons in an ethnically Tibetan town in western China sparked a clash between thousands of residents and police, a source with knowledge of the incident said on Sunday.

Several thousand Tibetans in Tongren, Qinghai province, threw stones and attacked police for over an hour during Lunar New Year celebrations on Thursday night, the source, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

The clash happened after a group of Tibetan youths were involved in a scuffle with a Muslim trader of the Hui ethnic group, the source said.

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