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China Military And Tanks Open Fire to Protesters In Tibet, Many Deaths

Posted by Author on March 14, 2008

Radio Free Asia, 2008.03.14-

KATHMANDU—Chinese military vehicles patrolled the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, early Saturday after spreading anti-Chinese protests turned violent and an unknown number of people were killed and injured when Chinese forces fired on rioting crowds.

“The Chinese authorities deployed all military in the Lhasa area and sent tanks. There could be several hundred tanks and they were shooting into the crowds,” one witness told RFA’s Tibetan service. “They also fired several rounds of tear-gas.”

Other Tibetans reported seeing military vehicles but whether they were tanks or armored personnel carriers was unclear. Residents said Lhasa was under martial law, with protests erupting in other provinces, but officials couldn’t be reached for confirmation.

Witnesses reported seeing a number of dead bodies in and around Lhasa, but an exact toll was impossible to gather.

“We saw two dead at Ramoche temple, two in the garden, two at the Ganden printing house, and those Tibetans who went to take food to prisoners in Drapchi prison saw 26 Tibetans shot after they were brought in on a black vehicle,” one Tibetan witness said. “There could be about 80 dead, or more, but there is too much commotion here to give an exact number.”

Youths attacked police

“Several buildings owned by Chinese immigrants and Chinese Muslim immigrants were set on fire,” the witness said. “All those shops owned by Chinese were ransacked and burned. Tibetan shop owners were told to mark their shops with scarves.”

Another source said Ramoche monastery, which has about 110 resident monks, was badly damaged after Tibetans were found running in the area carrying photos of the Dalai Lama and shouting “Independence for Tibet.’”

Local police stopped them, but the crowd—including monks and youths—joined in and attacked police. “The local police didn’t dare take them on, and then the army was called in with tanks,” the source said.

The same source said four monks from Ganden monastery had set themselves on fire in protest……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

2 Responses to “China Military And Tanks Open Fire to Protesters In Tibet, Many Deaths”

  1. tibet1truth1fiction said

    Did you know that Radio Free Asia (RFA) is an American funded organisation.

  2. 克莱夫 said

    “China Military And Tanks Open Fire to Protesters In Tibet” – to make a statement like this and not follow it up with any cited evidence is bad enough, to use it as a headline and do the same smacks of cynicism. Are you telling the truth or just wanting to drum up a few more readers for your blog?

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