Chinese Police Fire on Tibetan Protesters, Death Toll Unknown

More violence erupted yesterday when Tibetan protestors demanding the release of two fellow Tibetans say they were shot by Chinese police in the border town of Ganzi on the western edge of Sichuan, reports Radio Free Asia.

The witnesses, who declined to be identified, said they believed 15 people were killed and dozens injured, with scores more unaccounted for as of April 4. Phone communication with the region was cut off after the shooting and no further information was available.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported a “riot” late Thursday outside government offices in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture but made no mention of any deaths. It said one government official was “attacked and seriously wounded” and that police were “forced to fire warning shots and put down the violence.”

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