Prediction: the mainstream media will not encourage these protesters with the label “Asian Spring” anytime soon.
Two Tibetans in China’s southwestern Sichuan province were killed when security forces fired on demonstrators, a Tibetan advocacy group said, upping the death toll in several clashes over government controls to four since Monday.
The violence is likely to add to rising tensions in the rebellious Tibetan highlands of Sichuan that border Tibet, where security forces have struggled to maintain control over heavily Buddhist communities.
At least two people were shot dead and many were wounded during protests in Seda County on Tuesday, the London-based Free Tibet group said late the same day.
“Locals describe the town as being under curfew: they have been told not to leave their homes and they are now afraid that if they do they will be shot,” the group said in a statement.
Calls to the county government and public security bureau, about 680 km (423 miles) west of Sichuan’s capital of Chengdu, were not answered.
But on Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency confirmed the clashes in Seda, saying police were forced to open fire killing one “rioter” when protesters attacked a police station with gasoline bottles, knives and stones.
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