“Hundreds Detained in Lhasa”

Beijing is responding to the latest self-immolations with the only tool it knows how to use- a massive crackdown on the city, reported by RFA:

Chinese security forces in Lhasa have rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of a fiery weekend self-immolation protest in Tibet’s capital, as the Tibetan burnings in protest against Chinese rule rage on, sources said.

Locals detained are being held in detention centers in and around Lhasa while many of those from outside the Tibet Autonomous Region have been expelled, sources said, with one estimating that about 600 Tibetans had been detained so far.

“Today, on May 30, almost no one is walking around the ring road of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple for fear of arrest,” she said.

“[Shopkeepers] who are not coming to open their roadside stalls near the Jokhang are being warned by police that their property will be confiscated if they do not open their shops,” she added.

Following the burnings on Sunday, “around 80 Tibetans were detained on May 27 and 28 on suspicion of having recorded the protest on their cameras or cell phones,” a former Tibetan political prisoner living in India said, citing contacts in the region.

Most of those detained, “both men and women,” are being held in detention centers in Gutsa and at Trizam in Nyethang, the man, named Ngawang, said.

On May 27, foreign tourists found at the self-immolation site were taken quickly back to their hotels and their cameras were thoroughly searched, and some were told to leave Tibet, he said.

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