China police fire on protesters in Tibet; 1 killed

Police in Tibet have shot and killed a demonstrator and detained six others who were protesting a power plant.

Updated: Aug 16, 2012, 21:15 PM IST

Beijing: A US broadcaster says police in Tibet have shot and killed a demonstrator and detained six others who were protesting a power plant that locals suspect is a covert mining operation.

Radio Free Asia says police used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the approximately 1,000 protesters who gathered on Wednesday in Choeten, a small town in Tibet`s Markham county.

The broadcaster quotes Lobsang Palden, a Tibetan monk in South India with contacts in the region, as saying a protester identified only as Nyima was killed.

RFA said today a Chinese company began building a power plant on a forested mountainside earlier this year but locals believe it is a mine that will harm the environment. The phone for police in Markham, known in Chinese as Mangkang, rang unanswered.

PTI