China admitted today that it had quashed a protest by Buddhist monks in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, underscoring the opposition Beijing still faces to its rule in the remote Himalayan region.
Asked about the report, Qin Gang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters: “Yesterday afternoon some monks in Lhasa, abetted by a small handful of people, did some illegal things that challenged social stability.
“As for how to deal with these detained Tibetans, they have been dealt with according to the law."
Chinese troops killed tens of thousands of Tibetans as they quashed the 1959 uprising, according to the Tibetan government-in-exile’s website. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled his homeland following the uprising.