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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:34 AM

tibetans greet china's leaders with protest


BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of Tibetans demonstrated in a western China town Friday, calling for freedom from Chinese rule, in the latest act of protest apparently timed to send a signal to the Communist Party elite as it gathers in Beijing to induct a new leadership, witnesses said.

The protesters, mostly high school students, marched through the town of Rongwo, shouting for independence and for the return from exile of their leader the Dalai Lama, according to residents and people visiting the town.

"It was chaos this morning," said a Tibetan painter who lives nearby.

Government offices in Rongwo or the county overseeing it either declined comment or did not answer telephone calls.

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