19 surrender in Gannan after offer of leniency
Nineteen people have surrendered to police in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu after authorities promised 'leniency' to those who gave themselves up, Xinhua reported yesterday.
Gannan police seized weapons including a semi-automatic rifle, about 200 bullets, 400 metres of fuse and 32 knives in Amuquhu town, Xiahe county, Xinhua said. It was the first time the mainland had released details of the Gannan riots, which broke out on March 14, the same day as those in neighbouring Tibet .
According to Xinhua, 94 people were injured in the Gannan riots, including 46 unarmed police officers, 27 armed police officers, two officials and a civilian. Among the casualties, six unarmed police officers and four armed police officers were reported to be in a serious condition.
The Dalai Lama's government-in-exile announced earlier that 19 Tibetans had been killed in Gansu and 80 in Lhasa .
Xinhua said the Gannan riots, which it termed 'an incident of beating, smashing, looting and arson', took place in the counties of Machu, Luqu and Jone, and in Hezuo city, with economic losses of 230 million yuan (HK$254 million). It said the situation in Gansu had returned to normal, while business in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, had resumed and the region was 'peaceful'.
China News Service reported on Saturday that about 200 people in Lhasa had surrendered to police as of Friday and that two of them had been released because 'they saved a police officer's life during the incident'.