ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS SWEEP TIBETAN CAPITAL
BEIJING — Thousands of Tibetans reportedly rioted for a second day yesterday in their capital, Lhasa, in protest against Chinese rule. This is the fourth - and, according to some accounts, the most violent - incident in the 18 months since tensions have boiled over between Tibetans and Chinese. The official Chinese news agency reported 11 protesters killed by police fire Sunday. But foreign tourists in Lhasa put the toll as high as 30.
Tibet remains largely closed to journalists, and the only independent reports came from travelers, who denied Chinese reports that the Tibetans were armed.
This round of demonstrations comes a few days before the 30th anniversary of the flight from Tibet of the Dalai Lama, the nation's spiritual and temporal leader. Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and put down an uprising in 1959.
Efforts to begin talks between the India-based Dalai Lama and Beijing have bogged down. China refuses to negotiate on a Tibetan offer to accept limited autonomy, exile sources say.