Chinese police close Muslim quarter in Lhasa

Police closed off Lhasa's Muslim quarter on Friday, two weeks after Tibetan rioters burned down the city's mosque amid the largest anti-Chinese protests in nearly two decades.

Chinese police close Muslim quarter in Lhasa
Officers blockaded streets into the area, allowing in only residents and worshippers observing the Muslim day of prayer.

A heavy security presense lingered in other parts of Lhasa's old city as clean-up crews waded through the destruction inflicted when days of initially peaceful protests turned deadly on March 14.

It was not clear why the area was cordoned off, although rioters had prominently targeted businesses belonging to Chinese Muslim migrants known as Hui, who control much of Lhasa's commerce.

Last Mod: 28 Mart 2008, 14:57
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