China's official Xinhua news agency says police have detained almost 100 ethnic
Tibetan monks who attacked a police station in northwestern China.
Xinhua says the monks were among hundreds of
rioters who assaulted police and government workers at the police building
Saturday, injuring some officials. It says the riot happened in the town of
Ragya in the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai province.
Chinese news agency says police later caught six of the rioters and detained
another 89 who turned themselves in. It says all but two of those arrested are
monks from a local monastery.
Western news agencies quote a resident of
Ragya and a Tibetan exile who lived there as saying the protesters were angry
about the apparent suicide of a monk.
Xinhua says the monk escaped from a
prison earlier Saturday and jumped into the Yellow River before disappearing.
Chinese authorities had arrested him on suspicion of promoting Tibetan
India-based Tibetan news agencies say the monk, Tashi
Sangpo, had raised the banned Tibetan national flag over his monastery on March
10. The date marked the 50th anniversary of the start of a failed Tibetan
uprising against Chinese rule.
The reports say Chinese security forces
seized the monastery after the incident and claimed to find a Tibetan flag and
political leaflets in Tashi's room.
Saturday's protest in Qinghai was one
of the most serious outbreaks of unrest in Tibetan-dominated regions of China
this year. Beijing has tightened security in Tibet and neighboring Tibetan
regions in recent weeks to prevent commemorations of the 1959 Tibetan
It is difficult to independently verify accounts of protests
and arrests in Tibet and neighboring Tibetan regions because China has barred
foreign media from the areas.Some information
for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.