24 Jan '12, 6am
Police fire on Tibetans in China, 1 dead: Locals
BEIJING (AFP) - Police opened fire on Tibetans protesting against religious repression in China on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 30 others, local monks and rights groups said. Citing a local government statement, the official Xinhua news agency confirmed one protester was killed in Sichuan province's Luhuo county (Dragko or Draggo in Tibetan) in a clash with police, but did not mention shootings. The demonstration on the first day of the Chinese New Year comes at a tense time in China's Tibetan-inhabited regions, where 16 people have set fire to themselves in less than a year - including four this month alone. According to three different monks at Drakgo Monastery - one of the largest in the area - thousands of people marched to the local police station on Monday morning to call for religious freedom and to protest local corruption.