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Tibetan Exile Government Denies Chinese Claim of Interference བོད་སྐད།

The Tibetan exile government has dismissed a report released by Chinese-state media that blamed it for orchestrating protests in Tibet.

The exile government, based in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala, released a statement Monday denying involvement in unrest inside China.

The statement was a response to a report published by China's official Xinhua news agency citing an alleged confession blaming the Dalai Lama and the exile government.

Also Monday, a Chinese official denied the Dalai Lama's claim that police in Lhasa had posed as monks.

Chinese media also released the names of what it said were 14 of the 18 civilians killed in the March 14th riots in Lhasa. Only one of the victims identified in the Xinhua report is a Tibetan.


Xinhua says the 21-year-old Tibetan woman burned to death with four ethnic Han women in a Lhasa clothing shop. The government said Monday that the families of two of the victims were given about 29-thousand dollars in compensation. Chinese authorities have said three young Tibetan women were arrested for setting the fire.

The name of the dead Tibetan woman does not match any of those released by the exile Tibetan government. Dharamsala says about 140 Tibetans died during protests between March 10th and March 25th.

The last reported protest was Saturday in Lhasa, where the International Campaign for Tibetan and the exile government says there was a brief demonstration.

Chinese state media say authorities have arrested 414 people in connection with the protests against Chinese rule in Tibet. Another 298 people allegedly turned themselves in for joining the demonstrations.