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China media: Police accidentally killed Tibetan

August 31, 2010

The Associated Press (AP)
August 30, 2010

BEIJING -- Chinese police fatally shot a Tibetan
protester during a demonstration last week, state
media reported Monday, saying the man was hit by stray warning rounds.

The incident is apparently the same one reported
by U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia over the weekend
when the broadcaster said at least four Tibetans
were killed and 30 others wounded when police
opened fire on demonstrators protesting the
expansion of a gold mine they blamed for causing environmental damage.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday
that a 47-year-old Tibetan named Babo died after
being hit "by a stray bullet when police fired
warning shots with an anti-riot shotgun."

It said the protest in Baiyu county in Sichuan
province near the Tibetan border happened about
two weeks ago when Babo led a group of about 30
villagers to protest the arrest of Fu Liang for
illegally exploiting gold mines in the area.

The area is a deeply Buddhist region filled with
monasteries and nunneries and is known for its
strong Tibetan identity and has been at the
center of dissent for years. It saw some of the
most violent protests in the spring of 2008 after
anti-government riots in Tibet.

Radio Free Asia said the shooting happened when a
group of Tibetans was protesting outside the
Baiyu county offices. It said its information
came from Tibetans living outside China who follow events inside the country.

It quoted them as saying the protesters were
upset because heavy equipment brought in for the
increased mining operations had damaged nearby farmland.

The Xinhua report quoted a local government
spokesman as saying the villagers "attacked the
police with knives, clubs and stones during the
dispute," wounding 17 of them, four seriously.

It said police fired warning shots to stop the
protest and later found Babo dead.

A pro-Tibetan independence website,,
meanwhile, said three Tibetans had been killed
and 30 others wounded when they were fired upon.
The different death tolls could not be reconciled.
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