Mar. 14 (Radio Free Asia): Chinese authorities in the Tibetan capital Lhasa and other nomadic regions stepped up patrols of armed police on the third anniversary of widespread regional unrest on Mar. 14, detaining one monk following a lone protest.
Local sources in the Tibetan prefecture of Kardze in Sichuan province said the area was under a tight security clampdown after a local monk handed out leaflets marking the 52nd anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in the region on March 10, 1959.
Foreign tourists were banned for a year following the riots and have since been banned from entering the area each year around the 14 March anniversary.
Tibetans in Tibet have marked the anniversary in covert ways in spite of the tight security, sources said.
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