Special report: Dalai's separatist activities condemned
OTTAWA, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Three Canadian tourists
who had been in Lhasa have told of the atrocities committed by rioters last
Friday in Lhasa, Tibet, Canada's newspaper The Toronto Star reported Tuesday.
John Kenwood, 19, from Victoria B.C., said that he
witnessed a motorcyclist "being pummelled unconscious by a mob hurling chunks of
pavement as big as bricks."
Kenwood said he saw the man drenched in blood after
being beaten by "15 men carrying what appeared to be two-meter long, silver
The Canadian youth also said that Lhasa's main
street, Beijing Road, was "strewn with garbage and the burnt-out hulks of
Susan Wetmore, another Canadian tourist who had been
stranded in the chaos, said some of what she had seen in Tibet "was pretty
ugly... pretty ugly."
The 59-year old consultant said she was so grateful
to a Chinese cab driver "who literally risked his life" to get her to Lhasa's
Despite the shocks and fears they experienced in
Tibet, all the tourists told The Toronto Star that they were taken good care of
by the Chinese government and local Tibetan people.
The Toronto Star also carried a story of a Canadian
tourist rescuing a young man from the hands of the mob.
The rescuer, Justin Winfield from Toronto, said he
saw a crowd of rioters beating a young man and two women.
Winfield said he intervened and the angry mobs
stopped their attack, but the man was already unconscious, lying on the ground.
He then lifted the man to his feet, and helped him
stumble toward a hospital. He took along the two young women, one of whom had
lost several teeth.
At the hospital, Winfield said, he saw half a dozen
victims with cuts and bruises from beatings.
On the way back to his hotel, he saw at least 15
stores burned or damaged. "They torched the roof of the store across from us.
It's just a few gutted walls," he said.
On March 14, riots involving beating, smashing,
looting and burning broke peace in Lhasa.
Rioters set fires at more than 300 locations,
including residences and 214 shops, smashed and burned 56 vehicles, and attacked
schools, banks, hospitals, shops, government offices, utilities and state media
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said
Tuesday that the Lhasa riot was organized, premeditated, masterminded and
incited by the Dalai Lama clique, which exposed once again the separatist nature
of the Dalai Lama clique and the hypocritical and fraudulent nature of its
so-called "peace" and "non-violence" claims.