Published online May 31, 2012 by Voice of America.
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By Lou Lorscheider
A leading Tibetan exile group is reporting a massive security clampdown in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, as Chinese security forces push to control community life in the aftermath of two Tibetan self-immolations on Sunday.
The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy quotes witnesses as saying that scores – and perhaps hundreds – of people have been rounded up for questioning in the isolated city since two young men set themselves on fire in an apparent protest against Chinese rule. The group told VOA’s Tibetan service the police roundup includes anyone appearing on security video taken near the site of the protest. It was not clear Thursday how many people remain in police custody.
The two young men launched their fiery protest outside Lhasa’s famed Jokhang Temple – the first such incident reported in the heavily guarded city. State media say one of the protesters died at the scene, while the other was hospitalized.