U.S. editorial excerpts -4-.
Selected editorial excerpts from the U.S. press:
MR. Hu'S TIBET REPLAY (The Wall Street Journal, New York)
The last time Beijing cracked down on Tibet, it was 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Hu Jintao ran the province. Today, violent scenes are playing out again in Tibet -- this time with Mr. Hu as China's president. It's a reminder that despite China's economic liberalization and some political opening, the authoritarian instincts of the country's leadership haven't changed.
The confrontation started with a peaceful protest led by monks last Monday, the anniversary of Tibet's national uprising against China in 1959, nine years after Chinese troops invaded. Beijing's swift response -- arresting several of the monks -- led to further protests, which escalated to mob violence in Lhasa on Friday. Cars were burned, shops looted and witnesses reported gunfire; state-run media said 10 civilians died in fires. The Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala says the death toll is at least 80.
China has controlled Tibet for more than half a century, and across those years countless Tibetans have been killed and thousands of mon