Advocacy group: Chinese fire on Tibetan protesters, 1 dead

January 23, 2012 17:02

BEIJING - Chinese troops fired on thousands of Tibetans who staged a protest in southwestern Sichuan province on Monday, killing one and wounding as many as 30 of the demonstrators, an overseas advocacy group said.

Free Tibet, a London-based group that campaigns for Tibetan self-determination, said in an emailed statement that up to several thousand Tibetans gathered at an intersection in Luhuo, about 590 kilometers west of Sichuan's capital of Chengdu, and marched on the local government offices, where security forces opened fire about midday.

The Tibetans were protesting the arrest earlier in the day of some Tibetans in connection with the distribution of pamphlets carrying the slogan, "Tibet needs Freedom," and stating that more Tibetans were ready to stage self-immolations.

The report could not be immediately verified. A staff member of the county public security bureau said he was not aware of any incident.

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