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New Protests in Labrang

April 10, 2008

XIAHE, China, April 9 (Reuters) - A group of 15 Tibetan Buddhist monks
interrupted a state-sponsored media tour of a riot-hit region of western
China on Wednesday, demanding the return of the Dalai Lama and yelling
that they had no human rights.

In the second such incident in as many months, the monks, carrying a
banned Tibetan flag, burst out of a building at the Labrang monastery in
the town of Xiahe, in the northwestern province of Gansu, and rushed
across a plaza to a group of 20 visiting Chinese and foreign journalists.

"The Dalai Lama has to come back to Tibet. We are not asking for Tibetan
independence, we are just asking for human rights, we have no human
rights now," one monk told the reporters in Chinese.

Many of the monks had their heads covered in robes. They said other
monks were still being held by authorities and that armed plainclothes
agents were stationed throughout Xiahe.

Hundreds of monks from the Labrang monastery led a march through Xiahe
last month, after riots erupted in the Tibetan regional capital Lhasa on
March 14.

Last month, about 30 monks stormed a briefing by a temple administrator
for a select group of foreign journalists at the Jokhang Temple in
Lhasa, shouting that the reporters were being lied to.

China has said Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and his
associates are behind the unrest. The Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in
India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, has
denied the accusation.
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