At least 60 Tibetans were injured after Chinese police fired into a crowd of protesters, rights group Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24442218 The shooting occurred on Sunday in Biru county, as villagers demanded police free a man who led separate protests in September.
There had been clashes in September after Tibetans refused to fly China’s flag outside their homes, reports said.
Foreign media are only allowed to enter Tibet at the invitation of the Chinese government. These visits are rare and tightly controlled, making it almost impossible to independently verify reports.
On 6 October, a crowd of protesters gathered outside the local government office appealing for the release of local Dorjee Dagtsel, Radio Free Asia, and UK-based Free Tibet, said.
Security forces opened fire into the crowd, injuring at least 60 and leaving two in a critical condition, they said.
Free Tibet added in the statement that the forces “deployed tear gas” and beat the protesters.
Free Tibet named the two critically injured Tibetans as Tagyal, who had a broken femur, and Tsewang, who was shot in the jaw. It said they had been taken to a hospital in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.
All the phone lines in the region have been disconnected, exile Tibetan web portal Phayul reported.
The incident appears to be latest sign of the continuing unrest on China’s Tibetan plateau, the BBC’s Martin Patience in Beijing reports.
Since serious ethnic rioting broke out in 2008, more than 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against what they say is Beijing’s repressive rule, our correspondent adds.