facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

China to 'strike hard' against Tibetans

Jan. 31, 2012 at 9:23 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
BEIJING, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Chinese security forces are called on to "strike hard" against Tibetan activists following clashes in central Sichuan province, an official said.

Qi Zhala, secretary for the Lhasa Communist Party, called for tightened security near Tibetan monasteries after clashes last week turned deadly.

"We must strike hard at all the separatist, destructive and criminal activities of the Dalai (Lama) clique and make efforts to realize our goal of not letting any incident, big or small, occur," he was quoted by the BBC as saying.

Self-immolations are on the rise in parts of central China. More than a dozen such acts have been reported by Tibetan activist groups in the last year. Free Tibet, a rights group in London, said many people are protesting Chinese security measures and the lack of religious freedom.

Tibetan rights groups said the death toll attributed to Chinese forces is much higher than Beijing estimates. The Chinese government, however, claims Western media are distorting the security situation in Sichuan province.

Tibetan activists are calling for more autonomy and the return of spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Topics: Dalai Lama
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
3
China overhauls legal system, at least on paper China overhauls legal system, at least on paper
4
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
5
NATO intercepts Russian spy plane NATO intercepts Russian spy plane
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback