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October 22, 1987

Authorities in Tibet arrested dozens of people accused of involvement in nationalist anti-Chinese protests and clamped down on travel in the Himalayan region by foreigners, foreign witnesses and local officials said. "Police have arrested many people in their homes since Oct. 15," said a French traveler in Lhasa, Tibet's capital. Interviewed by telephone from Beijing, a spokesman for the Tibet government's Foreign Affairs Bureau said Tibet was closed to foreigners "until further notice." In Beijing, however, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman denied that the region is being closed, saying, "This allegation is at variance with the facts."

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