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Rights activists slam military action against Tibet protestors

March 15, 2008
Chinese security forces should stop violent attacks on protesters in Tibet and allow the United Nations to conduct an independent probe into alleged abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.

To quell the protests that continued in Lhasa and Sangchu County, Chinese security forces responded by beating protesters, firing live ammunition, surrounding Ganden, Drepung and Sera monasteries, and cutting phone lines into the monasteries, according to media reports and sources in the capital, Lhasa. There are unconfirmed reports that some protesters have been shot. The city is now reported to be under curfew and there is a heavy presence of security forces on the streets.

The Chinese government has accused the groups associated with the Dalai Lama of having "masterminded" the violence in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, in which at least two persons were reported dead.
Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Image: Tibetan Buddhist monks are blocked by riot police as they shout slogans and carry the Tibetan national flag at a protest near the historic Labrang Monastery in the town of Xiahe, Gansu Province.
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