China detains 70 in Tibet immolations crackdown
ReutersBEIJING--Chinese authorities have detained 70 people in a crackdown on self-immolations in ethnic Tibetan regions, state media said on Thursday, the largest single reported sweep of suspects to date as the government tries to stop the unrest.
February 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule since 2009 across a large swathe of ethnically Tibetan regions, with most of them dying from their injuries.
In the past few months, the government has begun a new tactic to discourage the protests, detaining and jailing people it deems to have incited the burnings.
The latest detentions took place in the northwestern province of Qinghai, where police detained 70 “criminal suspects,” 12 of whom were formally arrested, meaning they will be charged, the official Xinhua News Agency said.