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Documentary: Accusation of the victims of 3.14 Lhasa riots (2)
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11:16, March 24, 2008

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Qiongda immediately called the police. The Lhasa Police Station confirmed that Liang Zhiwei and his wife, along with their five-month baby and two of their relatives had died in the fire.

The landlord, Qiongda, is still in shock. He fondly remembers Liang Zhiwei and his family as very harmonious.

Qungtag said, "I am very sad. We were getting along so well. When they gave birth to the child, I gave them rice paste and ghee as a gift. I can't forget those happy scenes."

The burned shop is in disarray now. Amid the scattering of motorcycle accessories is a broken bed, shreds of clothing and grim scenes of body parts. The scene was startling, and those who saw it say the tragic images can easily make people bristle with anger. Local residents say they are outraged by the violence that led to the death of Liang Zhiwei's entire family.


Sangye Tendzen, Lhasa resident

Sangye Tendzen, Lhasa resident, said, "This has ruined the happy life of the people. I am so angry when I see that innocent people have been burned to death."

Qungtag said, "To ensure future stability these rioters should be severely punished. This is the only way to reassure all of the businessmen and people living here."
On the Beijing Road Central in Lhasa

On the Beijing Road Central in Lhasa there was a clothing store called Yishion. At 3 P.M. on March 14th, chaos broke out on the street where Yishion was situated. An employee called Zhuoma, and her five colleagues were besieged in the store. They fled to a small room on the second floor.


At 3 P.M. on March 14th, chaos broke out on the street where Yishion was situated.

Zhuoma said she hid under the bed. But she heard rioters outside breaking open the rolling gate at the entrance. She says she didn't know who they were, nor how many people she just heard them breaking into the store and smashing everything.


Zhuoma, survivor

Zhuoma said, "Before the riots, there was a glass door nearby. It was destroyed in the chaos. We were just crying. Everyone was shaking and couldn't speak."


The five young girls -- 24 year-old Yang Dongmei, 22 year-old Liu Yan, 21 year-old Cering Zhuoga, 19 year-old Han Xingxing and 18 year-old Chen Jia -- were burned to death tragic victims of the senseless violence.

By around 5 p.m., Zhuoma says she sensed that a semblance of calm had returned outside. So she quickly told her friends to try to escape. Zhuoma ran out the store, finding a place to hide in the yard of a nearby hostel. But after discovering the store was on fire her five other friends hiding in the store were unable to escape. The five young girls -- 24 year-old Yang Dongmei, 22 year-old Liu Yan, 21 year-old Cering Zhuoga, 19 year-old Han Xingxing and 18 year-old Chen Jia -- were burned to death tragic victims of the senseless violence.
Tang Qingyan, the owner of the Yishion clothing store, was the first witness to arrive after the blaze. He says he saw an extremely cruel scene the five girls had been burned to death on the second floor of the store.

Tang Qingyan said, "I was the first one to get here and I was crying. I thought there were still some people alive, so I searched everywhere. And then, I saw my sister, she was here, facing the wall."

Losing her dear friends after being with them only hours ago Zhuoma says it's nearly unbearable to face up to the reality of the brutality and cruelty.

Zhuoma said, "I never thought about it. We were happy together that morning, but it suddenly changed a few hours later. I can't believe it, I can't accept the truth that they have left me. I want to ask the rioters why they did it. I really can't understand why the rioters killed innocent civilians."

One of the victims, Cering Zhuoga, came from Xigaze. Upon hearing of her death Cering’s aunt and brother rushed to Lhasa.

Cering's annt said, "We lost a girl who is so good."

Cering's brother said, "She was the smartest girl we have. It is extremely tragic."


As a tragic result of a rampaging mob and a senseless fire -- five young girls are dead. Many Lhasa residents are mourning the deaths of the five workers in the clothing store.


As a tragic result of a rampaging mob and a senseless fire -- five young girls are dead. Many Lhasa residents are mourning the deaths of the five workers in the clothing store. Many mourners are strangers of the innocent victims.

Lhasa resident said, "We all feel that it is so cruel."

Lhasa resident said, "We witnessed the rioters' violence. They robbed, smashed and burned the stores, and took five young lives. We feel indignant and condemn the rioters."

The local police acted quickly, trying to prevent the situation from deteriorating. They exercised maximum restraint in the face of the marauding rioters. And they were consistently on the defensive.

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