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Tibetan Monks Riot In Tibet

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday urged China to "exercise restraint" in dealing with the protests.
Lhasa, Tibet - Anti-government protesters clashed with occupying Chinese authorities and destroyed property in the regional capital Friday. As many as 30 demonstrators were reported killed, 12 police officers seriously injured (two of whom were left in critical condition), and 22 buildings were burned during the unrest. Mobs of red-clad monks, and other pro-independence rioters, overturned cars and attacked store fronts and Chinese police. The Bank of China was among the buildings targeted.

Protesters and Chinese security forces have clashed during violent protests in Tibet's main city of Lhasa this week. Advocates against Chinese rule have rallied large numbers of supporters in what is said to be the largest organised protest in 20 years. 80 people have reportedly died in the turbulent week-long conflict to date. The BBC News on Friday sought witness accounts of the incident as it happened,

JAMES MILES, CORRESPONDENT WITH THE ECONOMIST

Well it's early evening here, and the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa still is very much in the control of the ethnic Tibetans who have been rioting for the last several hours since midday.

Some of them are still attacking Chinese properties, shops, restaurants, owned by ethnic Chinese. Some of them are looting those shops, taking out the contents and throwing them on huge fires which they've lit in the street.

Now I think the big question on everybody's mind is what's next? The troops for the time being are still standing there and we don't know what's holding them back.

It could be a political question, indecision in Beijing over how to handle this, because if they do move in there could be bloodshed and that could have implications for the holding of the Olympics.

JOHN, TOURIST

I just returned from Lhasa yesterday. I was in Lhasa for about 6 days, and I had just arrived at the famed Sera Monastery to see the debating monks, when they suddenly stormed out of their 'debating courtyard' and rushed for the entrance of the temple.

The Buddha Halls were immediately shut in our faces by security officials. Members of our group saw monks being beaten and kicked by the security forces that swarmed all over the temple precincts.

The monks were forced to sit in rows, surrounded by a double-phalanx of riot cops, brandishing clubs.

Our group was ushered out of the temple, and as we headed back in the direction of central Lhasa, we passed incoming troop-carriers ferrying camouflaged army regulars, with other army units marching in on foot from close locations.

All roads leading in were closed off.

The exiled Tibetan government revealed to press this morning that at least 80 people have been killed so far, despite an offical Chinese statement reporting only 10 fatalities. "These reports come from relatives, from our people inside and from contacts of our department of security. They have all been confirmed multiple times," corroborated a senior aide to the Dalai Lama.

Chinese troops were out in force in Lhasa, Tibet's main city, on Sunday.

Hong Kong Cable TV reported that about 200 military vehicles, each carrying 40 to 60 armed soldiers, had driven into the city.

Loudspeakers broadcast messages, such as: "Discern between enemies and friends, maintain order."

A 23-year-old Canadian student in Lhasa told AP: "The entire city is basically closed down."

The Chinese crackdown followed rioting on Friday, that erupted after a week of mainly peaceful protests.

The Chinese official news agency Xinhua says 10 people died on Friday, including business people who it said were "burnt to death".

But the Tibetan government in exile later said at least 80 corpses had been counted, including those of 26 people killed on Saturday next to the Dratchi prison in Lhasa.

Meanwhile in Australia, some have taken their outrage to the Sydney Chinese Consulate. A 31-year-old man was charged today with assaulting police after four pro-Tibet activists were arrested during a protest outside the consulate. The SMH reports,

Members of the Australian Tibetan community have apologised for the behaviour of some protesters at the consulate on Dunblane Street, Camperdown, about 4.15pm (AEDT) yesterday after [sic] the reported outbreak of violence in Tibet's capital Lhasa.

Police said the protest escalated when activists climbed onto the front gate of the consulate before damaging a flag inside.

"A police officer was allegedly hit over the head with a placard before being punched and kicked," a NSW police statement said.

Officers used capsicum spray to control the crowd of about 100 people.

The BBC concludes it's report with a deadline set by the government for protesters to hand themselves in, however ahead of any peace signs, a police station in the Chinese province of Sichuan was torched just moments ago. In the Tibetan capital though, street protests have stopped, as police go house to house looking for those who took part in anti-Chinese riots.

The demonstrators, who on Friday set fire to Chinese-owed shops and hurled rocks at local police, have been penned into an area of the old town by government forces.

The authorities in Tibet have urged the protesters to hand themselves in by midnight on Monday, promising leniency to those who surrender.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday urged China to "exercise restraint" in dealing with the protests.

She spoke as pro-Tibet demonstrations were held in Nepal, New York, Australia and several European cities.

considering the policies and actions of america 19.Mar.2008 04:01

past and present

china is looking towards the american tyranny as a role models as how to "kill their own people", as the nazis looked towards the genocidal policies towards the american indian. these same american policies were/are the basis of Apartheid.

everyword she says bile falling out of the rectum of a mouth of her.

One thing we can do. 24.Mar.2008 00:59

farang

I have been boycotting Chinese goods knowing of their unfair labor environments and oppressive government. Meager action yes, and I am open and glad to hear other ideas. I also am studying Chinese culture and I hope some of it will survive this era without revision. It seems extraneous to be affecting such a faraway place, yet we do.