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Ruins after Lhasa riot, March 14, 2008.

March 14: Riot occurred in Lhasa.

March 15: Xinhua reports say 10 died in the riot; No lethal weapons were used by the authorities to deal with the riot, government says; no foreigners were killed or wounded in the riot.

March 16: Lhasa begin to recover from the riot with shops and taxis, among others, reopening for business; traffic control imposed in Lhasa; People engaged in Lhasa unrest will be dealt with according to law, say Chinese authorities; Dalai Lama accuses Chinese government of "cultural genocide" in Tibet when interviwed by western media.

March 17: Chinese government rebuts Dalai's accusation; says 61 police injured, 13 civilians burned or stabbed to death and 300 fires started by rioters in Lhasa riot; the international community says it won't boycott Beijing Olympics.

March 18: Tibetan students stage campus sit-in in Beijing; Premier Wen Jiabao says Lhasa riot was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique; 105 Lhasa rioters surrender to police; Tour groups still allowed in Tibet.

March 19: the number of surrendering rioters increases to 170; Riots spread to Tibetan-inhabited areas in Guansu and Sichuan provinces; Dalai Lama threatens to resign from the so-called government-in-exile if the situation worsens; China's governmental officials express anger about distorted coverage by western media

March 20: Authorities say Lhasa riot caused over 300 injured, US$28m in losses; Chinese government continues rebutting Dalai's hypocritical words.

March 21: Arrest warrants issued for 24 suspects in riot, their images are posted on major web sites; Many foreign governments support China's actions to stabilize Tibet; Police say 4 rioters wounded in Aba of Sichuan.

(China.org.cn by Pang Li March 21, 2008)

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