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New Tibet clashes erupt in China

March 26, 2008

The Press Association
March 25, 2008

At least two people have been killed in fresh clashes between Tibetan
protesters and Chinese police.

The violence followed a demonstration in Garze, a prefecture in Sichuan
province, which started as a peaceful march by monks and nuns but turned
violent when armed police tried to suppress the crowd.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said the protesters attacked police
with knives and stones, killing one policeman.

A Tibetan rights group said an 18-year-old monk died and another was
critically wounded after security agents fired live rounds.

Garze borders Tibet, where several days of anti-government protests led
by monks spiralled into violence on March 14 in the capital, Lhasa.
Demonstrations in support of the Lhasa protests have since burgeoned
rapidly throughout provinces surrounding Tibet.

The unrest in Garze indicates that Tibetan defiance is still running
strong a week after thousands of Chinese troops fanned out to patrol
areas outside of Lhasa and clamp down on fresh protests.

The uprising is the broadest and most sustained against Chinese rule in
almost two decades, and the Communist leadership has accused Tibet's
exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and his supporters of
masterminding the dissent.

The government says at least 22 people have died in Lhasa while Tibetan
rights groups say nearly 140 Tibetans were killed, including 19 in Gansu
province.

Meng Jianzhu, the minister of public security, ordered Tibet's security
forces to remain on alert for further unrest and said "patriotic
education" campaigns would be strengthened in monasteries.

Unrest among Tibet's Buddhist clergy has been blamed in part on
compulsory "patriotic education" classes, widely reviled by monks for
cutting into religious study and forcing them to make ritual
denouncements of the Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after the
failed uprising.
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