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Tibetans use Dalai Lama photo to protest in southern China

world Updated: Jan 18, 2012 00:35 IST
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Dozens of Tibetans in an area of southwest China have gathered around a portrait of the Dalai Lama, an act of protest that drew the attention of police.

An police department official in Sichuan province said on Tuesday that dozens of Tibetans — including monks — gathered Monday holding a portrait of the spiritual leader, who lives in self-imposed exile.

The official surnamed Wang says police dealt with the incident, but refused to say how.

Authorities are sensitive to Tibetan protests against Chinese rule.

An official from the Seda county government said there was no protest on Monday.

China arrests dissident poet

Chinese authorities have indicted veteran dissident Zhu Yufu on subversion charges for writing a poem urging people to gather to defend their freedoms, his lawyer said on Tuesday, the latest activist to such charges in a tightening clampdown.

No trial date has been set for Zhu, the lawyer, Li Dunyong, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Zhu, 60, from the eastern city of Hangzhou, was arrested last April for "inciting subversion of state power".