2 more Tibetans killed by Chinese forces after protests

By REUTERS
January 25, 2012 06:30

 
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BEIJING - Two Tibetans in China's southwestern Sichuan province were killed when security forces fired on demonstrators, a Tibetan advocacy group said, the latest in a series of clashes following protests on government controls in the region.

Residents in Seda County were under curfew after at least two people were shot dead and many more were wounded during protests at around noon on Tuesday, the London-based Free Tibet group said in an emailed statement late the same day.

Calls to the Seda County government were not answered. An officer at the county public security bureau said on Tuesday that he did not know about the reported clash in this area about 680 km (423 miles) west of Sichuan's capital of Chengdu.

The violence is likely to add to rising tension in the traditionally rebellious Tibetan highlands of Sichuan, where security forces have struggled to maintain control over the heavily Buddhist communities that live off yak herding and gathering and selling herbs and medicinal plants.

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