Scores Dead at Democracy Protests in Tibet– Police Station Attacked
In Aba county, Sichuan province, protesters attacked a police station with petrol bombs and fought street battles with riot police- The Guardian.
People watch as Chinese military in full riot gear are transported in the back of army trucks in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. The Dalai Lama condemned on Sunday what he called China’s “rule of terror” and “cultural genocide” in Tibet, calling for an international probe into the unrest in his homeland. (AFP)
The protests against the Chinese government spread to several other provinces of Tibet this weekend.
The AP reported:
Protests spread from Tibet into three neighboring provinces Sunday as Tibetans defied a Chinese government crackdown, while the Dalai Lama decried what he called the “cultural genocide” taking place in his homeland.
Demonstrations widened to Tibetan communities in Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, forcing authorities to mobilize security forces across a broad expanse of western China.
In Tongren, riot police sent to prevent protests set off tensions when they took up positions outside a monastery. Dozens of monks, defying a directive not to gather in groups, marched to a hill where they set off fireworks and burned incense in what one monk said was a protest, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene.
A Tibetan man told the Japanese Daily Yomiuri that the riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on Friday were sparked off when an armored vehicle was driven into the crowd.
Aljazeera has video of the crackdown in Tibet- The Dalai Lama weighs in:
Chosun News from Korea reported that 80 people were killed in the protests this weekend:
The Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamshala, India led by Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spoke of 80 unidentified bodies. China’s official Xinhua news agency on Saturday admitted to 10 civilians killed in the riots. The rioters, mostly Buddhist monks and ordinary citizens, staged antigovernment demonstrations in Lhasa on Friday and in Xiahe on Saturday. The rioters armed with stones, steel pipes and swords pelted police vehicles and government buildings with stones and set them on fire, and also beat Han Chinese settled. Rioters set fire to and looted about 160 Chinese shops and vehicles, AFP reported.