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Amnesty International Condemns Harsh Crackdown on Peaceful Tibetan Protesters

March 13, 2008

Amnesty International

WASHINGTON, DC - March 12 - Amnesty International today condemned the
harsh crackdown on peaceful protesters in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.
According to eyewitness reports, on March 11, Chinese police used
teargas and electric prods to disperse 500 demonstrators, who were
seeking the release of fellow monks held after the previous day's

On March 10, it was reported that 11 protesters, including nine monks,
were severely beaten and detained outside Tsuklakhang cathedral in
central Lhasa. Their demonstrations marked the 49th anniversary of the
Dalai Lama's flight from Tibet after his failed rebellion against
Chinese rule. Some 50 monks have also been detained across the

"Demonstrators have a right to protest peacefully. China violates
international human rights standards in denying their freedom of
assembly and freedom of expression," said Amnesty International's
Asia-Pacific deputy program director Tim Parritt.

"Amnesty International condemns human rights abuses wherever they
occur--on the streets of Beijing or the mountains of Tibet."

Amnesty International calls on China to release immediately all those
detained for peacefully exercising their rights.
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