13 civilians burned or stabbed to death in Lhasa riot
Thirteen innocent civilians were burned or stabbed to death in last
Friday's Lhasa riot, said Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous
Regional Government, at a news briefing in Beijing today.
He cited two cases
of what he described as brutality.
In one case, a civilian was reportedly
doused in gasoline by rioters and burned to death alive. In the second case,
rioters beat a patrol policeman unconscious, and then cut a piece of flesh from
"People of all ethnic groups in Tibet were indignant about
violence and brutality displayed in Lhasa and strongly condemn them," said
Tibet Autonomous Regional authorities responded quickly, and
mobilized security personnel to deal with the riots in accordance with law, he
The security personnel also helped extinguish fires, rescue the
injured, and protect schools, hospitals, banks and government institutions, he
"We adopted these measures with the purpose of safeguarding social
stability, the rule of law and fundamental interests of people of all ethnic
groups in Tibet," he said, adding the situation had calmed down in Lhasa, and
stability had returned.
"What confused me and made me indignant was that the
Dalai clique and some Westerners labeled the destructive rampage of the rioters
as 'peaceful protests', but called our actions to deal with the brutal acts
committed by the rioters as 'repressing peaceful protests', said Qiangba Puncog.
"I think that just confuses black with white."
He believed no democratic
country would tolerate the brutality carried out by the rioters in Lhasa on