Chinese police fire on Tibetans

AFP-JIJI

Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans marking the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday, shooting at least one monk in the head and seriously wounding several other people, two overseas groups said.

Security forces disrupted Tibetans in Sichuan province’s Daofu County as they carried out rituals to honor their exiled leader, whom Beijing denounces as a separatist, the U.S.-based International Campaign for Tibet and India-based phayul.com said Tuesday.

“Two Tibetan monks were shot in the head and several others seriously injured after Chinese police opened fire at a crowd,” ICT said, citing unnamed local and exile sources. It named the monks as Tashi Sonam and Ugyen Tashi, and said both were hospitalized.