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Over 1,000 Mar'08 Lhasa 'rioters' claimed released

November 28, 2008

Tibetan Review
November 27, 2008

China claimed to have released more than 1,000 people allegedly
involved in the Mar 14 riot in Tibet's capital Lhasa, without
explaining why, when and how and under what conditions. "Most of the
released rioters had turned themselves in right after the riot,"
China's official Xinhua news agency Nov 26 quoted Zhu Weiqun, deputy
head of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Communist
Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has having said in a recent
interview with BBC, citing the website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Large numbers of Tibetans were reported to have had been taken into
custody indiscriminately from the streets, markets and their homes in
the aftermath of the protests which engulfed Lhasa on Mar 14. The
protests turned violent at a couple or so of places. China sealed the
city and, indeed, the whole of Tibet, to prevent news about the
protest from being reported in the outside world. It then pleaded
with the international community to accept only its version of the
events as true. Many western journalists in Beijing were targeted and
threatened by Chinese nationalists, instigated by Beijing, for
reporting on the situation in Tibet on the basis of reports from
unofficial sources.

"Many people died in the March 14 Lhasa riot," Zhu has said. But he
was referring only to the 19 people, including an armed policeman,
who died in the riots, not the hundreds of Tibetans killed in the
army and armed police crackdown.

Zhu has also said that most Tibetans living abroad were against
violence and hoped for a better living environment and closer ties
with Tibet. "The government sponsors nearly 3,000 Tibetans abroad to
visit their hometown each year... and they would feel worried about
their safety if there's violence in Tibet." he has said, apparently
referring to the Tibetan exile it allows in as overseas Chinese
without charging visa fees and after careful scrutiny of their antecedents.
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