Over 100 protesters shot, says Tibetan Government-in-exile

March 16th, 2008 - 1:22 pm ICT by admin  

Dharamsala, Mar 16 (ANI): Over 100 people have reportedly been shot during clashes between the Chinese authorities and Tibetan protesters, the Tibetan Government-in-exile, which is based here, has said.

According to reports, the killings are said to have taken place after Buddhist monk protests in Tibet turned violent on Saturday.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency has reported the death of ten Tibetans during demonstrations said to be the largest in nearly two decades.

We have reports from very reliable sources that over a 100 Tibetans have been already shot at. On Friday late night, I personally got calls that seven nuns, unarmed monks, the moment they came out of their monastery complex at Pokra, were immediately shot at,” said Dolma Gyary, Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.
Reports from Lhasa on Sunday said police and troops had locked down the Tibetan capital as tension remained high, as protests against Chinese rule over Tibet showed no signs of abating.

There has been worldwide condemnation of the Chinese action against the Tibetan marchers. China, however, has declared a “people’s war” of security and propaganda against support for the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, underlining that it will not heed calls from around the globe for a lenient response to the riots.
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche said reports of a high-level of violence indicate an atmosphere of complete chaos.

Meanwhile, around 70 Tibetan monks and nuns have gone on an indefinite hunger strike here to express their solidarity and support with fellow Tibetans.

The protestors continue to urge the Chinese Government to consider their demands for autonomy and possible independence from Beijings rule.

In Siliguri, Tibetan monks participated in a candle light march on Saturday as part of their opposition to China campaign.

As the Beijing Olympics approach, the Tibetans are trying to reinvigorate their freedom movement and protest against what they see as China’s illegal occupation of their homeland.

The Dalai Lama had earlier rejected a Chinese accusation that he was trying to sabotage the Olympics, saying he had always supported Beijing’s right to host the Games.

The march to Tibet from India commenced on March 10 to mark the 49th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule that has been in force since 1959. (ANI)

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