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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.
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.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported at least 10 civilians were burned to death on Friday. The Dalai Lama's exiled Tibetan government in India said Chinese authorities killed at least 30 Tibetans and possibly as many as 100.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
It is a sad world we live in where pacifists can be murdered for nonviolent protest.
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.
news.com.au | China blocks YouTube over Tibet protests
THE Chinese Government has blocked residents' access to YouTube after video reports of the protests in Tibet were posted on the website.
news.com.au | We need help, says Dalai Lama
THE Dalai Lama has called for an international investigation into the "cultural genocide" taking place in his homeland of Tibet.
Speaking from his exiled base in Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama overnight launched a scathing criticism of China's decades-long rule of Tibet.
yahoo news | Dalai Lama reiterates support for Beijing Olympics
DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) - The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, on Saturday said he backs China's right to host the Olympics after Beijing reportedly charged he was trying to sabotage the summer Games.
The statement came after media reports on Friday said China's top official in Tibet, Zhang Qingli, had accused the Dalai Lama of trying to "sabotage this important event and spread rumours."
Hindustan Times | Dalai accuses China of cultural genocide, India too cautious
The Dalai Lama on Sunday accused China of unleashing a "cultural genocide" in Tibet and demanded an impartial international probe into the situation in violence-hit Lhasa.
Addressing his first press conference here in the wake of the violence in the Tibetan capital since Friday, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader felt said that India has a few limitations as far as China is concerned and was "too cautious" on the Tibet issue.
news.com.au | Athletes considering Olympic boycott
A NUMBER of top athletes are considering boycotting the games in China over the bloody crackdown on protesters in Tibet.
International Olympic Committee vice-president Thomas Back said several sports stars were feeling ill at ease about the Olympic Games.
Mr Bach said he understood the athletes' concerns about the situation in Tibet but said he was advising them to participate.
stuff.co.nz | Gere sees Olympics boycott if China mishandles Tibet
China should suffer a boycott of its cherished Beijing Olympics if it mishandles protests in restive Tibet, Hollywood actor and Tibetan activist Richard Gere said on Friday.
Gere, a close follower of the Dalai Lama and chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, stressed that neither the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader nor the ICT advocates a boycott of the Summer Olympics.
But he said it was his personal opinion that it would be "unconscionable" to attend the Beijing Games if China failed to deal peacefully with unrest in the Himalayan region – protests that have turned to riots and already claimed several lives.
"I've not been pro-boycott, but I think if this is not handled correctly, yes we should boycott. Everyone should boycott," Gere told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Originally posted by Sky watcher
Im with you on that, The Chinese have got away with to much lately and its time for Bush and the congress to call them out. May be wishful thinking however it needs to happen.