China police fire on Tibetans, killing 3: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:29

Beijing: The situation had calmed Tuesday in a
politically sensitive Tibetan region in southwest China where witnesses and activist groups said security forces opened fire
on protesters and killed as many as three people.

Several thousand Tibetans in Ganzi prefecture of Sichuan
province marched to government offices yesterday and police
opened fire into the crowd, an overseas Tibetan activist group
said in statements.

Three Tibetans were killed and nine wounded in the
violence in the prefecture`s Luhuo county, the International
Campaign for Tibet said.

Another group, the London-based Free Tibet, put the death toll at one and said in an email statement that up to 30 others were shot and wounded in Luhuo, also known as Draggo in Tibetan.
The claims about yesterday`s protest could not be
independently verified.

A Tibetan monk from Shouling monastery in Luhuo said
police were patrolling but the situation was peaceful today
after the protest by what he estimated were 10,000 people in
front of the county government offices.

He said most of the demonstrators were local Tibetan
residents plus a few monks and Han Chinese residents.
The monk, who would not give his name, said police fired
on the protesters and that one Tibetan farmer was killed. He
said 32 others were wounded.
A man who answered the phone at the duty office of the
Ganzi public security bureau today denied there was any
violence in the area, saying "nothing happened here, it`s a
rumour." He would not give his name.

A man from the county police said "nothing happened" and
referred calls to the police command centre. A man there said
he was not clear about the case and hung up. Neither would
give their names.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:29
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