Deaths reported in Tibet protests
Clashes between protesters and security forces in Tibet's main city of Lhasa have left at least two people dead, according to reports.
An emergency official told AFP news agency that many people had been hurt and an unspecified number had died.
Opponents of Chinese rule in Tibet set fire to vehicles and shops on Friday as tear gas filled the streets and gunfire rang out in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, according to witnesses and human rights groups.
The protests -- initiated by Buddhist monks -- have been growing since Monday, the anniversary of the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Beijing rule. Tibet, an autonomous province, has long sought independence from China.
Chinese Police Kill 2 in Tibet Protests: Reports
Dharamsala March 14 - At least two people have reportedly been shot dead by Chinese police in the protests that erupted in Lhasa, Tibet's capital city.
AFP reports "several deaths in the Tibetan capital quoting an official with the city's emergency centre.
"We are very busy with the injured people now -- there are many people injured here.
Definitely some people have died, but I don't know how many," AFP quoted a female official at the centre as saying.
Originally posted by Raud
Tibet is not China!
The Chinese first established relations with Tibet during the T'ang dynasty (618–906), and there were frequent wars of conquest.
In 1906 and 1907, Britain recognized China's suzerainty over Tibet. However, the Tibetans were able, with the overthrow of the Ch'ing dynasty in China, to expel (1912) the Chinese in Tibet and reassert their independence. At a conference (1913–14) of British, Tibetans, and Chinese at Shimla, India, Tibet was tentatively confirmed under Chinese suzerainty and divided into an inner Tibet, to be incorporated into China, and an outer autonomous Tibet. The Shimla agreement was, however, never ratified by the Chinese, who continued to claim all of Tibet as a “special territory.” After the death (1933) of the 13th Dalai Lama, Tibet gradually drifted back into the Chinese orbit. The 14th Dalai Lama, who was born in China, was installed in 1939–40 and assumed full powers (1950) after a ten-year regency.