381 rioters in China surrender to police

March 25th, 2008 - 2:07 pm ICT by admin  

Sichuan (China), March 25 (Xinhua) A total of 381 people involved in the riots in Aba county of the south-western Chinese province have surrendered to the police, according to provincial authorities. Police in the Tibetan populated county issued a notice Wednesday, urging those who had taken part in the riots March 16 to give themselves up to the authorities within ten days.

“Among those surrendered, most are common people or monks deceived or coerced,” said Shu Tao, chief of the Communist Party committee of a village where 40 people surrendered Monday morning.

This followed the surrender of 23 monks the previous day.

Riots in the Aba county erupted on the heels of the Lhasa unrest. Violent mobs, some shouting “Tibet independence” slogans and holding flags of the so-called “Tibetan government-in-exile”, stormed into and attacked government offices, police stations, hospitals, schools and banks.

Aba county, under the Aba Tibetan-Qiang prefecture has a population of 63,000, The town is about 200 km from Sichuan’s provincial capital of Chengdu.

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