By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer
BEIJING – Angry protesters set shops ablaze and gunfire was reported in Tibet’s regional capital Friday as the largest demonstrations in two decades against Chinese rule turned violent just months ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
In this photo released by the International Campaign for Tibet, police are seen in Jokhang Square in Lhasa, Tibet, where protests broke out Monday March 10, 2008. Angry protesters set police and army cars on fire in the center of Lhasa Friday March 14, 2008, as the latest protest by monks against Chinese rule in Tibet turned violent, witnesses said.(AP Photo/International Campaign For Tibet)
The protests, in their fifth day and led by monks supporting Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, threatened to cast a shadow over China‘s efforts to portray a unified and prosperous nation in the run-up to the games.
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