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BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police kill 8 more Tibetans

October 24, 2008

A Pakistan News
October 22, 2008

An exclusive report from The Times (UK). Think about the bravery of
the Tibetans, marching down to the police encampment to demand the
release of the monks. The Chinese police response is sickening but
not surprising:

Chinese paramilitary police have killed eight people after opening
fire on several hundred Tibetan monks and villagers in bloody
violence that will fuel human rights protests as London prepares to
host its leg of the Olympic torch relay this weekend.

Witnesses said the clash -- in which dozens were wounded -- erupted
late last night after a government inspection team entered a
monastery in the Chinese province of Sichuan trying to confiscate
pictures of the Dalai Lama.

Officials searched the room of every monk in the Donggu monastery, a
sprawling 15th century edifice in Ganzi, southwestern Sichuan,
confiscating all mobile phones as well as the pictures.

When the inspectors tore up the photographs and threw them on the
floor, a 74-year-old monk, identified as Cicheng Danzeng, tried to
stop an act seen as a desecration by Tibetans who revere the Dalai
Lama as their god king.

A young man working in the monastery, identified as Cicheng Pingcuo,
25, also made a stand and both were arrested.

The team then demanded that all the monks denounce the Dalai Lama,
who fled China after a failed uprising in 1959. One monk, Yixi Lima,
stood up and voiced his opposition, prompting the other monks to add
their voices.

At about 6.30 p.m., the entire monastic body marched down to a nearby
river where paramilitary police were encamped and demanded the
release of the two men.

They were joined by several hundred local villagers, many of them
enraged at the detention of the 74-year-old monk Cicheng Danzeng, who
locals say is well respected in the area for his learning and piety.

Shouting "Long Live the Dalai Lama," "Let the Dalai Lama come back"
and "We want freedom," the crowd demonstrated until about nine in the evening.

Witnesses said that at around that time, as many as 1,000
paramilitary police used force to try to end the protest and opened
fire on the crowd. It was not known if the demonstrators had been
throwing stones at the police.

In the gunfire, eight people died, according to a local resident in
direct contact with the monastery. These included a 27-year-old monk
identified as Cangdan and two women named as Zhulongcuo and Danluo.

Witnesses said a 30-year-old villager, Pupu Deley, was killed, along
with the son of a villager named Cangdan, and the daughter of
villager Cuogu. Two other people, whose identities were not
available, were also killed and dozens were wounded, the witnesses said.

They said about ten people were still missing today, including
another monk, identified as Ciwang Renzhen.

Armed paramilitary police patrolled the streets of the village today
and surrounded the monastery. All communications had been cut.

The latest upsurge of violence highlights the difficulties the
Chinese authorities are facing in trying to end nearly a month of
protests across the Tibetan region and the depth of anti-Chinese
sentiment among a deeply Buddhist minority loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama.


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