BEIJING – Police clamped down in far-flung towns and villages Wednesday seeking to restore control in the Tibetan areas of western China as sporadic demonstrations against Chinese rule in Tibet flared up.
A Tibetan activist in-exile breaks down as he takes part in a protest in New Delhi. China said Wednesday it was in a “life or death struggle” over Tibet as dramatic new footage emerged of Tibetans rampaging on horseback and destroying a Chinese flag.(AFP/Manpreet Romana)
A topvowed the unrest would not disrupt plans for the torch relay preceding this summer’s in . One leg of the relay is to pass through Tibet, taking the flame to the peak of sometime in May.
The officialsaid late Wednesday that 170 people had surrendered for their role in last week’s in Tibet’s capital, . The violence injured 325 people, and says 16 people were killed, denying claims by that 80 died.
Despite an expanding police crackdown, Tibetans have continued to take to the streets to call for Tibet’s independence and the return of the, their exiled spiritual leader.
Hundreds of protesters, some on horseback and others on foot, stormed a government compound in the town of Hezuo inTuesday crying “Free Tibet.” Whirling lassos and shaking fists, they burned the Chinese flag and hoisted the emblem of an .