Japanese Tourist Describes Situation In Tibet

The tourist claims he saw crowds of rioters destroying Chinese-owned businesses. When the police crackdown began, he and other foreign tourists were restricted to their hotel rooms. From the hotel window he witnessed Chinese tanks on the streets and groups of heavily-armed soldiers who looked like “American SWAT” team members. As he lay in bed in his hotel room, he heard gunfire all through the night.

Some sources are saying that many protesters have been killed by the Chinese security forces, but the Chinese governor of Tibet has denied such claims:

Speaking at a news conference in Beijing, Mr Qiangba said that security forces “did not carry or use any lethal weapons”.

“I can tell you as a responsible official that guns were absolutely not fired,” he said.

The Japanese government has responded to the situation by calling on the Chinese authorities and the Tibetan protesters to “exercise self-restraint.”


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