March 20, 2008
Tibet’s government-in-exile on Thursday accused China of spreading “propaganda” and “lies” alleging Tibetans instigated violent protests as Chinese state media said police shot and wounded four rioters ‘‘in self defense’’ during recent unrest in a Tibetan area of Sichuan province.
The government-in-exile also urged pro-Tibet demonstrators strictly to adhere to non-violence in an attempt to rein in brewing anger from Tibetan exile groups as China reportedly sends more military troops into Tibetan regions to quell violent protests that erupted last week.
”China is infamous for using all state machineries to doctor evidence and propaganda hoping to confuse and fool the world with additional lies to cover up past lies as Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao have been doing in the last few days,” said the Tibetan government-in-exile, based in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala.
”Thus, we must consider our actions with caution, because China is willing to label Tibetans as terrorists and try to legitimise their crackdown internationally.”
Afterwards, Xinhua news agency, quoting unidentified police officers, said that Chinese police on Sunday shot and wounded four rioters in Aba county in southwestern Sichuan province. It was the first time the government acknowledged shooting any protesters in nearly a week of unrest that started in Lhasa and spread to other Tibetan areas of China.
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