China deploys massive security across Tibet

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A woman prays during a Tibetan 50th anniversary
Beijing, Mar 10: China deployed massive security across the Tibetan plateau on Tuesday, Mar 10 on the sensitive 50th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule that forced the Dalai Lama into exile.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama accused China of having brought 'hell on earth' to his homeland in a speech on Tuesday, Mar 10 on the sensitive 50th anniversary of a failed uprising.

Foreign journalists and tourists were barred from almost all Tibetan areas of provinces adjoining the Tibet Autonomous Region, as the Communist party tightened border security and stepped up a propaganda drive.

The road to the Rongwo monastery in Qinghai province, which several foreign journalists visited in recent weeks, was blocked and large military convoys were travelling on nearby roads, said one journalist who returned to Beijing on Monday, Mar 9.

"Armed police with guns are at the intersections," a Han Chinese woman, who works at a Lhasa hotel, told.

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