It is not uncommon for some Western governments and the so-called Tibetan government-in-exile to play up and distort incidents, such as the one last week between the law enforcement forces and local residents in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.
On Monday and Tuesday, police stations in two counties of the autonomous prefecture were attacked by mobs, prompting the police to defend themselves.
According to Xinhua News Agency, one of the clashes involved a mob of more than 100 people, who had gathered following rumors that three monks intended to commit suicide by self-immolation there.
They smashed two police vehicles, two fire trucks and stormed into nearby shops and a bank.
The clashes caused at least one death and others, including policemen, were injured.
As usual, Western government officials and the self-proclaimed Tibetan government-in-exile spared no effort in taking the opportunity to criticize the Chinese central government.
The London-based Free Tibet advocacy group claimed that police opened fire on Tibetans peacefully protesting against religious repression in the southwestern province of Sichuan, killing at least one and injuring more than 30.
This was refuted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which said the true cause of the clash was a mob intent on storming stores and the police station.
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