Chinese security forces in Tibet have clashed with Buddhist monks celebrating the Dalai Lama's recent honor from the US, the Guardian reported. Police and soldiers in the capital Lhasa and in outlying areas cracked down on monasteries holding special services in honor of the Tibetan spiritual leader, according to Hong Kong media and Tibetan activist groups.
China tried blocking news that the US had bestowed the Congressional Medal of Honor on the Dalai Lama, but word spread quickly anyway. Confrontations reportedly began with 3,000 armed police detaining 1,000 monks inside Drepung Monastery after monks painted the Dalai Lama's residence there. Unconfirmed reports say up to two monks were killed, the Guardian says.