Protests in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, have turned violent in the biggest demonstration against Chinese rule in two decades.
Witnesses say Chinese security forces opened fire (Friday) to try to control stone-throwing protesters who set fire to shops and vehicles across the capital. Witnesses say at least two people have been killed, but the deaths have not been verified.
A British journalist in Lhasa said many of the protesters appeared to be targeting ethnic Chinese communities. He said Chinese-owned shops were burned and looted. Buddhist monks began the demonstration, but hundreds of people quickly joined the protest, turning it into an angry riot. China blamed Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for the protests. A spokesman for the Dalai Lama called the allegation "absolutely baseless."