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Newspaper reports clashes in Tibet after US honor for Dalai Lama

October 22, 2007

BEIJING, October 21 (AP) : Buddhist monks in the capital of Tibet
clashed with police for four days while trying to celebrate the
awarding of a U.S. honor for the Dalai Lama, a Hong Kong newspaper
reported Sunday.

The awarding of the U.S. Congress' highest civilian honor — personally
bestowed by President George W. Bush on Wednesday — to the exiled
spiritual leader had already caused China to warn that Washington had
"gravely undermined" relations.

The Ming Pao newspaper said hundreds of monks at the Zhaibung
monastery in Lhasa had clashed with police.

It said that after the clash, the monastery was surrounded by 3,000
armed police who refused to allow more than 1,000 monks leave. It gave
no other details and did not say if there were any injuries.

A woman who answered the phone at the Lhasa city government office,
who would not give her name, said she had not heard of any violence.

A woman who answered the phone at Lhasa police also said she had no
information on the reported violence. She would not give her name.

The Dalai Lama is lauded in much of the world as a figure of moral
authority, but China reviles him as a Tibetan separatist.

The decision by Washington to honor the Dalai Lama is a setback to
Beijing's efforts to lend legitimacy to its often harsh rule over
Tibet and undermine support for the spiritual leader, who remains
popular among Tibetans since fleeing into exile 48 years ago after a
failed uprising.

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