China Busts 100 Monks After Attack on Police

Protest sparked by alleged suicide of police escapee
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2009 12:16 PM CDT
Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks sit for evening prayers at the Tsechokling monastery in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, March 14, 2009.    (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
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(Newser) – China arrested almost 100 monks after hundreds of Tibetans attacked a Chinese police station, the AP reports. Police nabbed six while 89 others, almost all monks, turned themselves in, said the state news agency. The uproar appeared to be over a Tibetan who disappeared after he escaped from police, the Xinhua agency said; a Tibetan exile said some 2,000 were involved in the protest.

Some officials were “slightly injured” in the attack, Xinhua said, which the Tibetan said was sparked by the apparent suicide of a monk who was probed for unfurling the Tibetan flag. The monk escaped jail Saturday, Chinese officials said, and is still missing, but a Tibetan website said he’d thrown himself into a river, the BBC reports. Police said people had been “deceived by rumors” in the case.