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China blasts video claiming to show Tibet violence

March 26, 2009

March 25, 2009
The Associated Press.

BEIJING (AP) -- China on Tuesday accused
supporters of the Dalai Lama of fabricating a
video that appears to show police beating a
Tibetan protester to death, while the
video-sharing network YouTube said its service
had been blocked for Chinese users.

The footage, which the official Xinhua News
Agency said came from sources tied to the Dalai
Lama's government-in-exile, was pieced together
from different places, the agency said Tuesday,
citing an unidentified official with China's Tibetan regional government.

It was not clear what video Xinhua was referring
to or where it was available, but YouTube owner
Google said that the file-sharing site had been
blocked in China. Google spokesman Scott Rubin
said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that
the company was pushing to have service restored
and that it could not comment on the Chinese government's reason for the block.

China occasionally blocks the file YouTube to
prevent access to videos that criticize or shine
an unflattering light on its Tibet policies.

The footage, which the Xinhua said came from
sources tied to the Dalai Lama's
government-in-exile, was pieced together from
different places, the agency said Tuesday, citing
an unidentified official with China's Tibetan regional government.

Few details were given, although the report said
the footage purported to show a person named
Tendar being beaten to death by police following
a riot in Tibet's capital Lhasa on March 14 last
year. Xinhua said the person in the footage was
not in fact Tendar and wounds shown were fake.

"The Dalai Lama group is used to fabricating lies
to deceive the international community and the
aim of this video is to hide the truth of the
March 14th riot," Xinhua quoted the official as saying.

The government did not directly address whether
YouTube had been blocked. When asked about the
matter, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told
reporters: "Many people have a false impression
that the Chinese government fears the Internet.
In fact it is just the opposite."

Users in Beijing said they were unable to access the site late Tuesday.

Security in Tibetan areas of China has been
tightened in recent weeks as Beijing seeks to
head off trouble related to sensitive
anniversaries this month. March 14 marked the
one-year anniversary of anti-government riots in
Lhasa, Tibet's regional capital, while March 17
marked 50 years since the Dalai Lama escaped into
exile in India after Chinese troops crushed a Tibetan uprising.

Armed police have been patrolling a Tibetan
community in northwest China following reports
that six people were arrested after a crowd of
hundreds -- including Buddhist monks -- attacked a police station.
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