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Authorities demand rioters surrendering, offer leniency

March 16, 2008

LHASA, March 15 (Xinhua)  -- Law enforcement authorities in China's
Tibet Autonomous Region issued a notice on Saturday, urging
lawbreakers in Friday's riot to stop their criminal activities and
offering leniency to those who surrender themselves.

The Tibetan higher people's court, the regional people's procuratorate
and the regional public security bureau said in the notice the rioters
had set fire to schools, hospitals, children entertainment centers,
shops and civilian houses, confronted government departments and
assaulted law enforcement officers.

They had also smashed and burnt vehicles, looted properties and killed
innocent people, the noticed said, adding that all these had violated
China's criminal law.

The unrest since March 10 in Lhasa is "a political conspiracy plotted
by the Dalai clique to split Tibet from the motherland and sabotage
the peaceful and harmonious life enjoyed by people of all ethnic
groups in Tibet," it said.

The notice demanded the lawbreakers to give themselves in by Monday
midnight, and promised leniency for those who surrender.

Those who surrender and provide information on other lawbreakers will
be exempt from punishment, the notice said.

Those who cover up or shelter the lawbreakers would be punished in
accordance with the law, according to the notice.

Citizens who report lawbreakers or crimes to authorities will be
rewarded and given due protection, it said.

Death toll from the riot has increased to 10, according to latest
official figure.

More than 580 people, including three Japanese tourists, were rescued
from banks, supermarkets, schools and hospitals that were set alight
by violent saboteurs, sources with the Tibet Autonomous Region
government said on Saturday.
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