Tibetan Shot Dead in China Protest
31 wounded in second recent shooting
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2012 8:40 AM CST
Buddhist people attend a candle vigil of the Tibetan Community in memory of self- immolations in Tibet, January 8, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – At least one Tibetan protester was killed and at least 31 others were wounded after security forces fired on a demonstration in China yesterday. The most violent incident in ethnic Tibetan China since 2008 came just a week and a half after another shooting in Sichuan province left two protesters wounded, the New York Times reports. "The situation is escalating," says the head of an activist group. The man who was killed was the brother of a reincarnated lama, another group said. Other reports cited up to six deaths and 49 wounded.

"The Tibetan Parliament is deeply aggrieved by the incidents and condemns the Chinese authorities for resorting to such drastic acts of force and repression," said Tibet's government in exile. China's official Xinhua news agency didn't report on the shooting, and officials shut down the area's Internet access. The details of the protest are unclear: One report suggested that demonstrators were calling on authorities to release people held for handing out leaflets demanding a freer Tibet; another suggested the protest was tied to a Chinese New Year boycott.