March 14, 2008


Gunfire erupts in Tibetan capital as protesters clash with Chinese police (Jane Macartney, 3/14/08, Times of London)

Gunfire erupted in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, today as monks and Tibetans rioted in the heart of the city and hospitals reported at least nine people had been wounded in street fighting.

A large market was in flames and several police cars were also burning as angry crowds protested in the narrow streets of the old city, witnesses said.

The surge of violence follows four days of demonstrations by lamas from monasteries around the Tibetan capital who have been demanding greater freedom of religion before the Olympic Games as well as independence for the deeply Buddhist Himalayan region and the return of the exiled Dalai Lama.

The most serious display of anti-Chinese violence in nearly two decades escalated at around 11am when monks from the seventh century Ramoche monastery tried to stage a demonstration.

We could at least pretend not to have known the true nature of the Third Reich when we gave them the stamp of Olympic approval. We've no excuse as regards the PRC.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2008 7:28 AM
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