Chinese security forces swarm Tibet
From Yahoo.com By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 16 minutes ago
BEIJING - Soldiers on foot and in armored carriers swarmed Tibet's capital Saturday, enforcing a strict curfew a day after protesters burned shops and cars to vent their anger against Chinese rule. In another western city, police clashed with hundreds of Buddhist monks leading a sympathy demonstration.
The violence erupted just two weeks before China's Summer Olympic celebrations kick off with the start of the torch relay, which passes through Tibet. China is gambling that its crackdown will not draw an international outcry over human rights violations that could lead to boycotts of the .
called on China "to exercise restraint in dealing with these protests," while the State Department issued a travel alert for Americans in the region. Her statement also called for China to release monks and others jailed for protesting.
The latest unrest began Monday on the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. Tibet was effectively independent for decades before communist troops entered in 1950.
Initially, the protests were led by Buddhist monks demanding the release of other detained monks. Their demands spiraled to include cries for Tibet's independence and turned violent Friday when police tried to stop a group of protesting monks. Pent-up grievances against Chinese rule came to the fore, as Tibetans directed their anger against Chinese and their shops, hotels and other businesses.
It was the fiercest challenge to's authority in nearly two decades.
China's officialreported at least 10 civilians were burned to death on Friday. The 's exiled Tibetan government in said Chinese authorities killed at least 30 Tibetans and possibly as many as 100. The figures could not be independently verified...
>>It's not exactly going to be a show of goodwill games with the Chinese lighting humans on fire...Do they deserve to light the torch for the Olympics? I think I've watched too many kungfu movies because I can almost picture these ridiculous scenes in my head, on the other side of the world, it just sounds brutal, monk against cop...
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