China Closing Tibet to Tourists
Foreign tours on hold as protest anniversary nears
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 4:57 AM CST
Crowds are reflected in water in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.   (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)
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(Newser) – Tibet has been declared off-limits to foreign tourists as the anniversary of protests against Chinese rule nears. Dozens of people died in March 2008 when Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa on the anniversary of a 1959 uprising, and many more are believed to have died in the ensuing crackdown. Chinese authorities, who blamed the protests on the Dalai Lama, insist there is no unrest in Tibet and that foreign tours have been suspended because of cold weather, the Guardian reports.