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China Arrests 59 Persons in Tibet for "Rumour Spreading" བོད་སྐད།

Chinese authorities in the restive mountainous region of Tibet have arrested 59 people for spreading rumours and trying to stir up racial hatred and incite violence, state media reported.

The 59 were accused of acting under the influence of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and of downloading "reactionary" songs for distribution within Tibet, the semi-official China News Service said in an overnight report.

"After the violent incident in March, some people with ulterior motives under the scheming and encouragement of the Dalai splitist clique intentionally spread rumours and incited ethic feelings, threatening national and personal security," the report said.

Police also swept through markets in Lhasa looking for people selling songs illegally downloaded from the Internet, the report added.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.