Rice appeals for calm, restraint from Chinese in Tibet

March 16th, 2008 - 9:29 am ICT by admin  

Washington, March 16 (DPA) US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in responding to pro-independence protests in Tibet that have led to dozens of deaths. “We call on the Chinese government to exercise restraint in dealing with these protests, and we strongly urge all sides to refrain from violence,” Rice said in a statement Saturday.

Chinese authorities deployed troops and tanks in the regional capital Lhasa Saturday, demanding that Tibetan rioters surrender to police or face more serious punishment for the violence that followed escalating pro-independence demonstrations.

Rice called on China to engage in dialogue with Tibet, to release monks and other imprisoned protestors and to respect the “fundamental and universally recognized right” to peaceful demonstrations.

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