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The Journal Gazette

Monday, October 07, 2013 11:55 pm

Report: Chinese police fire at Tibetan protesters

The Associated Press

A U.S.-backed broadcaster says Chinese security forces fired into a crowd of Tibetan protesters demanding the release of a fellow villager.

Radio Free Asia said Tuesday that Chinese police also fired tear gas at the protesters in Biru county of the Tibet Autonomous Region and that dozens were injured.

The report could not be independently confirmed. Calls to local Communist Party and government offices rang unanswered.

The International Campaign for Tibet earlier reported that authorities have intensified a security presence in Biru county and nearby areas after residents refused to display Chinese flags to commemorate National Day on Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, an official Chinese newspaper said authorities have detained more than 100 people in a restive Muslim region since late June for the spread of "religious extremism."