Saturday, March 15, 2008

More on Tibet Uprisings

From Yahoo:

Exile group says 30 killed in Tibet

BEIJING - China kept government workers confined to their offices Saturday and ordered tourists out of Tibet's capital while lines of soldiers sealed off streets where riots had erupted, witnesses said. A Tibetan exile group said at least 30 people were killed in protests Friday.

Chinese state media reported that at least 10 people were killed when demonstrators rampaged in Lhasa Friday, protesting Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama's exiled Tibetan government in India said it had confirmed at least 30 dead but said the toll could be as high as 100.

There was no confirmation from Chinese officials of the death toll and the numbers could not be independently verified.

Earlier News:

BEIJING (AP) — China locked down the Tibetan capital Saturday after the largest and most violent protests against its rule in the region in nearly two decades. At least 10 people were killed when demonstrators rampaged through Lhasa, dashing Beijing's plans for a smooth run-up to August's Olympics.

Officials demanded protesters turn themselves in, while baton-wielding police patrolled Lhasa's mostly empty streets on Saturday. Fires still smoldered from the Friday clashes, and residents were under curfew.

Reports of deaths, arrests and numbers of protesters varied and could not be independently confirmed.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said 10 people — including two hotel employees and two shop owners — were burned to death, but that no foreigners were hurt. The exiled Tibetan government in India said about 100 were believed dead, citing unconfirmed sources.

Buddhist monks led the protests, which began Monday on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. The violent turn comes two weeks before China's Olympic celebrations kick into high gear with the start of the torch relay, which passes through Tibet.

The following links will take you to latest news of Tibet:

Dharamshala, 14 March 2008
China rolls out tanks to suppress Tibet Protests

International Campaign for Tibet

The Canada Tibet Committee

Radio Free Asia
KATHMANDU, March 14, (RFA)
Chinese Police Fire on Tibetan Rioters in Lhasa, At Least Two Dead

International Herald Tribune
BEIJING, March 14, 2008
Protesters clash with police in Tibetan capital: Tibetan capital in turmoil as violence erupts

Associated Press AP
BEIJING, March 14, 2008
[Ongoing AP coverage updates]

BEIJING, Fri Mar 14, 2008
[Ongoing Reuters coverage updates]