LHASA, Tibet — China today gave its second account of a pro-independence demonstration in Lhasa, saying that foreigners were involved and that children were paid to stone police.
Six people were killed in the demonstration Thursday in the Tibetan capital, according to the official New China News Agency. The agency disputed travelers' reports that Chinese police fired on the protesters. It blamed the violence on the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans' spiritual leader.
"Among the rioters were two foreigners who were waving their hands, shouting and egging on the people around to attack the police," the agency reported.
It said that some rioters shouted, "Those refusing to join the demonstration will have their houses smashed!" and one offered children six jiao (about 16 cents) to throw stones at police.