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Myanmar rebels send Tibet activists back to China

April 2, 2008

Tue Apr 1, 2008

BANGKOK (Reuters) - An ethnic guerrilla group in northern Myanmar has
caught two "key" Tibetan political activists and deported them to China
on the orders of Beijing, a dissident news Web site said on Tuesday. The
pair, on the run since a crackdown on Tibetan protests last month,
escaped through Yunnan province to an area of Myanmar run by the Kachin
Independence Organisation (KIO), the Kachin News Group
( said.

However, Beijing passed on their details to the commanders of the KIO,
which has signed a ceasefire deal with Myanmar's ruling junta, and the
two men, who were not named, were arrested in the border town of Laiza
on Sunday, the report said.

"They were handed over to the Chinese authorities soon after their
capture," the report said, citing a KIO source.

China says 18 civilians died in riots in mid-March in Lhasa, the Tibetan
capital, that it says were instigated by the mountainous region's exiled
spirited leader, the Dalai Lama.

Representatives of the Dalai Lama, who has denied orchestrating the
unrest, say the death toll is closer to 140.

Beijing says it has detained several hundred people in connection with
the Lhasa unrest, but has not said how many others have been detained in
anti-government protests that spread to other regions with large ethnic
Tibetan populations.

(Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Michael Battye and Sanjeev Miglani)
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