Lhasa riot causes heavy losses, disturbing social order

14:42, March 21, 2008

Lhasa riot erupted last Friday has not only caused heavy losses of life and property in the city, but also seriously disturbed social order there.

The remark was made by Qiangba Puncog, chairman of Tibet Autonomous Regional Government, at a news briefing in Beijing on Monday.

Rioters in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, set fires at more than 300 locations, including residential houses and 214 shops, and smashed and burned 56 vehicles,

In last Friday's Lhasa riot, 13 innocent civilians were burned or stabbed to death.

The regional government chief cited two cases of brutality happening on that day.

In one case, a civilian was reportedly poured gasoline by rioters and burned to death alive. In another case, rioters beat a patrol policeman who fell into a swoon, and then cut a piece of flesh from his butt.

Sixty-one police were also injured in last Friday's riot in Lhasa, six of whom were seriously wounded.

Source: Xinhua

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