10 Dead in Tibet Protests

China gives rioters surrender deadline, threatens 'stern' punishment
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2008 5:43 AM CDT
In this photo distributed by the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, a burned bank is seen in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on Friday March 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Xinhua, Yang Guang)
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(Newser) – Following a day of violent street clashes between protesters and security forces, China reported 10 people dead in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Embarrassed as the country prepares to host this summer's Olympic games, Beijing set Monday as a "surrender deadline" for rioters to turn themselves in and receive lenient treatment, the Washington Post reports.

Those who don't surrender by the deadline will be sternly punished, Beijing warned. Tibetan sources questioned the Chinese death toll of 10, all of whom were reported dead in a fire, saying that an additional five protesters were shot dead by police. The main Tibetan exile group alleges 100 have been killed by Chinese police, the Press Association reports.