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Tibetan exiles say at least 203 killied in China's crackdown on Tibet

April 30, 2008

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DHARMSALA, India: At least 203 Tibetans were killed in China's crackdown
on protests in the Himalayan region, the Tibetan government-in-exile
said Tuesday. The estimate is nearly 10 times higher than the official
death toll of 22.

The two figures come from the government-in-exile's own contacts in
Tibet and Chinese state media and could not be independently confirmed.

The exile government believes at least 203 Tibetans were killed, more
than 1,000 were wounded and more than 5,715 were still in detention,
according to spokesman Thubten Samphal.

"We have reached these figures after carefully examining the sources.
Our research team has tried to confirm the figures through some direct
contacts and eye witnesses in Tibet also," he said. "We fear that the
actual numbers may be higher as news from the remote areas is almost
nonexistent."

Samphal said the numbers were taken from a combination of the
government's own sources, Tibetan exile groups and official Chinese
media. The government is based in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala.

The massive anti-government protests that turned violent in Lhasa on
March 14 were the most significant challenge to Chinese rule in the
Himalayan region in nearly two decades.

Exact figures from the protests and subsequent crackdown are difficult
to confirm as Tibet and the surrounding provinces where protests broke
out have been closed to foreigners since the unrest.

The protests, initially led by Buddhist monks, started peacefully on
March 10, the anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese
rule. They became violent four days later as Tibetans attacked cars and
shops runs by Han Chinese, China's majority ethnic group.
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