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Two Tibetans get death for role in Lhasa riots

April 9, 2009

April 8, 2009

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Two Tibetans have been
sentenced to death for their role in riots in
Tibet's regional capital of Lhasa last year,
China's official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

They were found guilty of "starting fatal fires"
during the riot, the report said, citing a court
spokesman. Two others got suspended death
sentences and another life imprisonment.

Protests by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule
on March 14 last year led to the deaths of 19
people and sparked waves of protests in Tibetan
areas. Tibetan exiles say more than 200 people died in the crackdown.

A year later, a tight web of troops and police
throughout Tibetan areas appeared to have deterred large-scale unrest.

A trickle of isolated protests in recent weeks,
including a monk who set himself on fire at the
Kirti monastery in western Sichuan and a bomb
thrown at a government office which caused no
casualties, suggested lingering discontent.

Last month, Tibet's self-exiled spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama, lamented that Tibet, which he
fled 50 years ago after a failed uprising against
Chinese rule, had become a "hell on earth" thanks
to repressive rule from Beijing.

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