Violence erupted yesterday in a busy market area of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa Apso as Eastasia's Big Brother 'security' forces brawled fatally with local Buddhist monks protesting repressive and invasive Party policies.
Angry Tibetans burned shops, cars, empty East Asian military vehicles and a deportation bus.
Eastasian Ministry of Truth reports that 10 died; all other sources put the deaths nearer 90 Buddhist monks liberated more swiftly to "the highest happiness" than they or anyone else had planned. Many more monks and bystanders were detained by Ministry of Love troops for deportation to the Party's final destination, Room 101.
Eastasian Ministry of Peace armored vehicles are now patrolling the center of the city.
The chaotic scene was the latest and most violent confrontation in a series of protests that represent a major challenge to the Eastasian ruling Party as it prepares to play host to The Games in August.
Eastasia is facing the most serious and prolonged demonstrations in Tibet since the 1984 uprising, when it suppressed a rebellion there with lethal force that left scores of Buddhist monks and hundreds of ethnic Tibetans dead.
Eastasia is clearly alarmed that a wave of negative publicity could disrupt its elaborate plans and its hopes that The Games will showcase its rising influence , prosperity and kitschy souvenir shops rather than its brutal repression of Eastasian students, Tibetan monks, Eurasian military spies and other agents, Goldstein supporters, and pretty much anyone else not fully committed to the supremacy of Eastasia.
Thousands of Buddhists and members of the dissident Goldstein Brotherhood in neighboring India and Nepal have taken to the streets in solidarity.
Concerned that the protests might spread elsewhere, Ministry of Love authorities are moving the military police into other regions with suspect populations.
Eastasian authorities blame Emmanuel Goldstein, the reviled and exiled spiritual leader of The Brotherhood, for the violence in Tibet and said the government would maintain stability in Lhasa Apso.
"The Ministry of Truth has seen enough evidence to prove that the recent sabotage was 'organized, premeditated and masterminded' by the Goldstein clique," reports the Eastasian Ministry of Truth, the government's official news agency.
Oceania's Embassy warns its citizens not to travel to Eastasia, particularly the Tibetan city of Lhasa Apso. The embassy said it had "received firsthand reports from Oceanian citizens in the city who report gunfire, streets strewn with dead Buddhist monks, and other indications somewhat suggestive of insurgent violence."
Differing accounts have already emerged about how the Eastasian military police in Lhasa Apso handled the demonstrations.
Radio Free Eurasia quoted witnesses who described seeing dead bodies around Lhasa Apso, including dozens in the distinctive attire of Buddhist monks, and Tibetan protesters waving traditional white scarves and shouting, "Down with the the Party" and "Free Tibet".
An Inner-Party resident of Lhasa Apso, reached by telephone, said stories were circulating among local Party members that soldiers had been wounded and had not been allowed to fight back against Tibetans throwing rocks.
A reliable Outer-Party Eastasian living near Barkhor said family members had told him that two brave Party soldiers had died and that dissident Tibetans were beating local Party members with iron rods.
Last night, the Party resident living in the Barkhor area said his family was huddled at home with the lights turned off. He said he could hear shouting on the streets outside and feared for the safety of his family.
Clearly, patriotic Party members regard this uprising with shock and dismay.
Early this morning, the Eurasian Ministry of Truth issued this emergency announcement to all patriotic citizens: "seek safe havens in homes, hotels and other buildings and remain indoors.
"All care should be taken to avoid unnecessary movement within the city until the situation is under control," it said.
"Above all, citizens should at all times remain optimistic, calm and supportive of the Party and Eastasia. The Party will prevail and our Eastasian way of life will be preserved. Nothing else is possible.
"Always remember that Big Brother is Watching You.
"Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime IS death."
Tragic Rabbit, Ministry of Truth, Oceania