Do The Riots In Tibet Have An Islam Angle?
Tibetan Rioters Burn Down Mosque
LHASA, China (AP) - Police closed off Lhasa's Muslim quarter on Friday, two weeks after Tibetan rioters burned down the city's mosque during the largest anti- Chinese protests in nearly two decades.
Officers blockaded streets into the area, allowing in only area residents and worshippers observing the Muslim day of prayer. A heavy security presence continued in other parts of Lhasa's old city as cleanup crews waded through the destruction inflicted when days of initially peaceful protests turned deadly on March 14.
It was not clear why the area was cordoned off, although rioters had targeted businesses belonging to Chinese Muslim migrants known as Hui, who control much of Lhasa's commerce.
The protests were the most-sustained challenge to China's rule in the Himalayan region since 1989.
The most sustained challenge to China's rule, and it comes because GENERALLY PEACEFUL TIBETAN BUDDHISTS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE MUSLIMS IN THEIR MIDST.
And, of course, the media has been generally successful at keeping this motivation a secret from us.
What do you know?