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Chinese authorities sequestered an American film crew in their hotel rooms so they would not see anti-government protests outside a Buddhist temple last week, a member of the crew said.

Spence Palermo, an American working on a freelance documentary about how China is changing, said his crew was prevented from returning to the centuries-old Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, China, after spending several days filming inside the complex.

Newsweek magazine reported Monday that as many as 4,000 monks and laypersons clashed with police near the monastery Friday and Saturday. The report said they marched to Xiahe "where they pelted government offices and police vehicles with rocks and debris." Read full article »

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