Fresh Tibet protests reported as diplomats visit

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AFP
29/03/2008 20h57

DHARAMSHALA (AFP) – Tibet’s government-in-exile reported fresh mass protests in Lhasa on Saturday as foreign diplomats visited the tense city following recent deadly unrest over Chinese rule.

As EU foreign ministers called for an end to violence, the exiled Tibet body said “thousands” had joined demonstrations in Lhasa, although a spokesman stressed details were hard to confirm.

“Around 2:00 pm (0600 GMT) local time in the afternoon, Tibetans gathered for a protest in front of Ramoche Monastery,” said a statement posted on the exile government’s website.

“Also, nearby, in front of Tsuglag-khang (Jokhang) temple and Beijing East road, protests were started, and thousands joined in the protests within no time.”

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who earlier urged the world community to help end the turmoil, said he was following developments.

“I heard people of Lhasa came out in protest again today,” he said after returning to his base here.

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