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China locks down Tibet ahead of 50th anniversary
The Rediff News Bureau | February 19, 2009 16:58 IST
The Chinese government has ordered security forces in Tibet [Images] to crush any signs of support for the Dalai Lama [Images], as the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan spiritual leader's escape to India draws near.
Reports said the curfew order was aimed at maintaining law and order for the 50th anniversary of social reforms introduced to supplant the Dalai Lama-led Buddhist system.
Tibetans angry over China's suppression of peaceful protests rioted in Lhasa, in March 2008 causing widespread damage and resulting in the deaths of at least 18 civilians and one police officer. Since the crackdown last year, all Buddhist monks have had to undergo 'patriotic education' classes and are forbidden from wearing their robes outside a monastery.
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