About 30 Tibetan monks briefly disrupted a field trip to Lhasa the Chinese authorities organized for a small group of reporters. (Report: J.Creedon)
BEIJING — About 30 Tibetan monks burst into a rare news briefing at a key temple in
The Chinese government brought a small group of foreign and Chinese reporters to
The group of monks at the
"About 30 young monks burst into the official briefing, shouting: 'Don't believe them. They are tricking you. They are telling lies'," USA Today reporter Callum MacLeod said by telephone from
Some wept as they then told foreign reporters stories about a lack of freedom, he said.
Another reporter on the trip said some of the monks asserted that they had been unable to leave the
The state-run Xinhua news agency said only that the media tour had been "disrupted" by monks, known as lamas in
The Tibetan unrest and
US President George W. Bush encouraged Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday to talk with the Dalai Lama,
Hu said the monk must renounce support for independence of
Riots and protests
The unrest began with peaceful marches by Buddhist monks in
Protests have spread to parts of Chinese provinces that border
Human Rights Watch said Australia, the European Union, Switzerland and the United States raised human rights abuses in Tibet during a session of the UN Human Rights Council, but China blocked debate, backed by Algeria, Cuba, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
"The council has not only the right, but the obligation to address the
"According to Buddhist karma, they cannot reincarnate after death because of the sin they have committed," said Chubakang Tubdain Kaizhub, head of the Tibetan chapter of the Buddhist Association of China.
He added: "I also call on the
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