China Announces Arrests in Tibet Crackdown

Besides 10 deaths in the Lhasa riots, 24 arrests have been officially announced. From Reuters:

authorities arrested 24 suspects for “grave crimes” after troops cracked down on anti-Chinese riots that swept the mountain region, casting a shadow over preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The prosecutor’s office in the local capital Lhasa said the suspects were arrested for “endangering national security as well as beating, smashing, looting, arson and other grave crimes” in bloody riots on Friday, the Daily reported on Thursday.

AP’s report China tightens grip in Tibetan areas
says,” The government sent armed police into far-flung towns and villages to reassert control in the Tibetan areas of western China as sporadic demonstrations against Chinese rule in Tibet continued to flare up.”

Richard Koman writes So the net routes around censorship? Tell it to China

China has succeeded in blocking the flow of news about its crackdown on Tibetan protesters – at least in China. While Western news outlets are getting information out to the rest of the world, many Chinese remain in the dark. (This photo is of Tsezin Totsang (a 32-year old male from Thechung), via Students for a Free Tibet (warning: graphic images).)

According to the Wall Street Journal, here are just some of the information vacuums awaiting Chinese news-seekers:

*, China’s largest search engine, turns up no news in a search for “Tibet” (the fifth most popular search term on Baidu Monday), while searches for “Tibet riot” produce hits to pages that have been removed.

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