Tibet : 600 Tibetans detained in Lhasa
Chinese security forces in Lhasa have rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of a fiery weekend self-immolation protest in Tibet’s capital, as the Tibetan burnings in protest against Chinese rule rage on.Locals detained are being held in detention centers in and around Lhasa while many of those from outside the Tibet Autonomous Region have been expelled,with one estimating that about 600 Tibetans had been detained so far.The move came amid a security crackdown by Chinese security forces since two young Tibetan men set themselves ablaze on May 27 in front of Lhasa’s famed Jokhang Temple to protest China’s rule in Tibetan regions.
Today almost no one is walking around the ring road of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple for fear of arrest.
Shopkeepers who are not coming to open their roadside stalls near the Jokhang are being warned by police that their property will be confiscated if they do not open their shops.
Following the burnings on Sunday, around 80 Tibetans were detained on May 27 and 28 on suspicion of having recorded the protest on their cameras or cell phones.
Most of those detained, both men and women, are being held in detention centers in Gutsa and at Trizam in Nyethang, the man, named Ngawang, said.
On May 27, foreign tourists found at the self-immolation site were taken quickly back to their hotels and their cameras were thoroughly searched, and some were told to leave Tibet.