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No destructive weapon carried or used against Lhasa rioters
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The head of Tibet's regional government has denied that security personnel carried or used lethal weapons in dealing with the violent riots in Lhasa last Friday.

"The security personnel showed restraint in the entire process of handling the incident," said Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Autonomous Regional Government, at a news briefing in Beijing on Monday.

"In dealing with the violent riots, the security forces carried out their duties strictly according to law and in a civil manner," said Qiangba Puncog.

He also expressed confidence that social stability and order would be maintained under the leadership of the central government, despite secessionist activities in Lhasa.

Qiangba Puncog said people of all ethnic groups in Tibet were determined to fight secession, safeguard national unity and maintain social stability.

"Any plots to destroy social stability or to mastermind the secession of Tibet are against the will of the people in Tibet and doomed to failure," he said.

(Xinhua News Agency, March 17, 2008)

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