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Protests Against China, Violence Continue in Tibet

Anti-Chinese protests and violence continued Tuesday in Tibet. The Chinese government blamed the exiled Dalai Lama for the violence. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the situation in Tibet.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Next, China's crackdown in Tibet. We have an update from Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News. She reports from Beijing.

    LINDSEY HILSUM, ITV News correspondent: Traditional Tibetan Buddhist greetings for those the Chinese authorities see as the saviors of the hour. Tibetan television tonight showed the soldiers and riot police who put down the protests.

    Lhasa appears to be effectively under martial law. The government won't admit that, but eyewitnesses say that soldiers rule the streets. They're clearing up both the debris and those accused of instigating violence.

    Tibet's civilian leadership is trying to bring things back to normal.

    DUO JIZEREM, deputy mayor of Tibet (through translator): Our next step is to prepare enough materials to provide for the people. Because Tibet is in an unusual period now, we should make sure goods are enough and residents can live a calm life. The other step is to take determined methods to capture the primary suspects.

  • LINDSEY HILSUM:

    Today in Beijing, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao blamed it all on the old enemy, the Dalai Lama.

    WEN JIABAO, premier of China (through translator): We have ample facts and plenty of evidence that the incident was organized, masterminded and incited by the Dalai Lama clique. The protesters want to incite a sabotage on the Olympics in order to achieve their unspeakable goal.