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Tibetans clash with Chinese soldiers, several injured

April 15, 2009

by Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
April 13, 2009

Dharamsala, April 13 - Tibetans in Machu County
clashed with Chinese security forces on April 9,
Voice of Tibet radio service reported.

The incident took place on the day of a monastic
ritual dance which is held annually on the
fifteenth day of the third Tibetan lunar month
(Horda sumpai gharcham) at Serma monastery,
Dolkar Kyap, director of Academy of Tibetan
Culture, Norbulingka institute, told VOT.Â

"The ritual usually attracts Tibetans in large
numbers from villages and monasteries in the
region. The local authorities recommended more
troops in the region for the day but Tibetan
leaders and senior monks objected to the
reinforcement giving their assurances that the
event would run smoothly without any trouble,â€� Kyab said.Â

On Thursday however, the Chinese security forces
harassed local Tibetans in the market and
ransacked a billiards hall where they found a fox
skin, according to Kyab. “The security forces
then beat up the owner of the skin and his two
companions who argued with them.�

The news of Chinese security forces beating up
the Tibetans spread instantly in the locality
sparking off an angry mob that clashed with about 100 Chinese soldiers.Â

"The Chinese soldiers hit batons at the Tibetans
who retaliated by hurling stones," he said,
adding that several people on both sides were
injured in the brawl. No arrest, however, has been reported

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