Tibetans riot after police detain monks
The crowd of ethnic Tibetans, which included monks, gathered at the
Paingar township government office in western Tibet on Tuesday last
week, destroying some of the buildings there as well as nearby shops,
Xinhua news agency said.
Three monks had allegedly robbed a motorcycle maintenance shop that
day and police had detained two of them, Xinhua said, citing local
authorities. Aside from the two monks accused of robbery, five of the
190 people who rioted were also detained, Xinhua said.
Local police and government officials refused to comment when
contacted by AFP on Thursday.
According to Radio Free Asia's website, police fired warning shots
after they arrived at the motorcycle shop and later detained two monks
named Yeshi Thokme, 15, and Dhondup Dorjee, 16. Another teenage monk,
Tsering Gyaltsen, 14, was left behind after being beaten by police, the
Gyaltsen was wearing a photograph of Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama around his neck and police beat him severely after he refused
to denounce the revered figure, the report said.
Beijing, Thursday, AFP