Group: Tibetans Fired Upon by Police

October 31, 2007

Author: Henry Sanderson

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

Tibetans trying to cross a mountain pass to exile in Nepal were fired upon by Chinese border police, an activist group said Wednesday.

A group of more than 30 Tibetans--including Buddhist monks, nuns and two children--were trying to cross into Nepal on Oct. 18 when they were fired upon by China's People's Armed Police, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet said, quoting several members of the group who reached Katmandu in Nepal.

It said there were no reported injuries or fatalities, but that several members of the group, including three monks, were taken into custody.

The report follows a similar case in September 2006 when a group of international climbers witnessed a Buddhist nun being fatally shot from the same location. The incident was captured on video by a Romanian cameraman climber, leading to international condemnation.