Two Tibetans killed by Chinese officers during monastery raids

April 24th, 2011 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Apr 24 (ANI): Two Tibetans have been killed by Chinese paramilitary officers during a raid on a monastery in Sichuan Province to detain rebellious monks, a Tibet advocacy group based outside China has said.

The New York Times quoted the group, the International Campaign for Tibet, as saying that security officers have beaten to death two Tibetans on Friday, as they gathered with other people outside Kirti Monastery to try to prevent 300 monks from being taken away.

The group also claimed that officers from the People’s Armed Police, a paramilitary force usually deployed to crush riots, had put the monks in 10 trucks, before clashing with a large number gathered there.

Several human rights groups have complained this week that Chinese officials had started stopping foreigners from entering the area.

Human Rights Watch released a statement on Friday, saying the ban on foreigners in the area that took effect in recent days was a result of a tough crackdown.

“The Chinese government has a history of sealing off Tibetan regions ahead of deploying disproportionate force to quell protests,” Phelim Kine, a researcher for the group, said.

“Human Rights Watch has documented numerous incidents across the Tibetan plateau since March 2008 in which Chinese security forces have subjected protesters and those suspected of subversive activity, including Tibetan monks, to brutality and ill treatment during arrests,” he added. (ANI)

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