A spate of deadly violence between ethnic Tibetan protesters and Chinese police have left at least two protesters dead, several policemen injured and many in jail in the last few days in a remote south-western part of China, the government and independent news agencies have reported.
The government's news agency, Xinhua, quoting local authorities, said police opened fire after on Tuesday after a "mob charged a police station in a Tibetan prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Tuesday, injuring 14 police officers one day after a similar attack in the same prefecture."
"'They also opened fire at us, injuring 14 police officers.' Police were forced to use force after efforts involving persuasion and non-lethal weapon defense failed to disperse the mob,'' Xinhua said.
Another attack on a police station in Luhuo county on Monday left one rioter dead and five police officers injured "The international news agency AFP said: "China's Sichuan province, which has big populations of ethnic Tibetans, many of whom complain of severe repression, has been rocked by violent clashes this week - some of the worst since huge protests against Chinese rule in 2008."
It is difficult to independently verify news coming out of these regions where the protests have flared in the past week coinciding with the Chinese New Year.
According to a BBC report at least 16 ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 11 in what are described as protests at perceived cultural and religious repression under Chinese rule.
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