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China says 100 Lhasa rioters handed themselves in

March 19, 2008

By Chris Buckley

BEIJING, March 18 (Reuters) - A Tibet official said 100 people had given
themselves up to police for taking part in riots that rocked the
regional capital, Lhasa, state television reported.

Baima Chilin, a vice chairman of Tibet's government, said the people who
surrendered to authorities had been "participants, and some were
directly involved in beating, smashing, looting and arson" on Friday,
Chinese television reported.

"Some handed over money they'd stolen," he added.

The official also said top-priority wanted notices had been issued for
other suspects, but the report did not specify how many or what their
alleged crimes were.

The statement was the first official word of people surrendering to
authorities after they laid down a Monday midnight deadline urging
rioters to hand themselves in or face tougher punishment if caught.

The report, which also appeared on the Chinese central television
station Web site (, did not specify whether the 100 had
handed themselves in before or after Monday's deadline.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Tuesday that the Dalai Lama, the
exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader, organised the protests that were the
worst to hit Tibet since 1989. The Dalai Lama has said the accusation is
totally groundless.

Baima Chilin said that the authorities had evidence to link the Dalai
Lama's supporters abroad to the unrest.

"The Dalai Clique used all sorts of means to spread contacts into the
region, and uses all sorts of channels to issue orders to within the
region," he said.
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