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60 Protesters in Tibet March Held by Chinese Police

October 06, 1987|Associated Press

LHASA, Tibet — Chinese police arrested more than 60 demonstrators who chanted and waved fists in a march to the Tibetan regional government office today, five days after a pro-independence protest left at least 14 dead.

About 2,000 people stood by as dozens of police and soldiers armed with AK-47 automatic rifles and automatic pistols rushed to the office compound and herded the marchers into trucks.

The marchers came from the direction of the Drepung monastery and were believed to have been Buddhist monks, but they wore civilian clothes rather than the saffron robes usually worn by monks.

There have been reports that monks also planned to demonstrate on Wednesday, the 37th anniversary of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, a remote region in the Himalayas with 2 million people.

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