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Tibet braces for test of Chinese power after protests

March 15, 2008
By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim 

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Tibetan capital Lhasa braced for possible fresh clashes on Saturday after protesters challenged China‘s rule in the fiercest pro-independence rioting to have rocked the region in two decades.

China accused followers of the Dalai Lama of “masterminding” the uprising, which has battered its carefully-cultivated image of national harmony in the build-up to the Beijing Olympic Games, and already sparked talk of a boycott.

Angry Tibetan crowds in the remote mountain city attacked government offices, burned vehicles and shops and threw stones at police on Friday in bloody confrontations that left many injured, according to Chinese state media reports.

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