The governor of Tibet has denied reports that Chinese security forces fired on the civilians and monks who have been demonstrating in the capital city of Lhasa and neighboring provinces. Opposition leaders say 80 or more protesters have been killed and witnesses have reported Chinese soldiers shooting at monks.


Rights groups say several people were killed when police and Tibetan protesters clashed in Aba, Sichuan province on Sunday. Protests were also reported in Gansu province.

China has given Tibetans involved in the protests a deadline of midnight on Monday (1600 GMT) to surrender to police.

The Dalai Lama has called for an international inquiry into China’s crackdown, while Western leaders have called for restraint. Olympic chief Jacques Rogge said he was “very concerned” about the situation.

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