[permaculture] BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | End Tibet unrest, says Dalai Lama
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lflj at intrex.net
Tue Mar 18 09:51:03 EDT 2008
Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 13:27 GMT
End Tibet unrest, says Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama (18 March 2008)
The Dalai Lama said he welcomed an investigation into the riots
The Dalai Lama has called for an end to violent protests in Tibet, denying claims by China that he was responsible for
He said he would resign as head of Tibet's government-in-exile if the violence in his homeland worsened.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao earlier accused the Dalai Lama of masterminding the protests against Chinese rule.
China says 13 people were killed by rioters in Lhasa. Tibetan exiles say 99 have died in clashes with authorities.
The protests began on 10 March - the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule - and have gradually
The Dalai Lama spoke in Dharamsala in northern India, where his Free Tibet Movement is based, to reject accusations by
Mr Wen of orchestrating the violence.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao 18/3/08
There is ample fact and plenty of evidence proving this incident was organised by the Dalai clique
Mr Wen's speech
"Violence is against human nature," the Dalai Lama, 72, said. "We should not develop anti-Chinese feelings. We must live
together side by side."
The Dalai Lama, who in 1989 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his consistent opposition to the use of violence, said
that even if "1,000 Tibetans sacrificed their life", this would be "not much help" .
He added: "If things are getting out of control, then the option is to completely resign [as political head]," he said.
A spokesman for the government-in-exile later stressed there was no question of the Dalai Lama stepping down as the
spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
The Dalai Lama reaffirmed that he wanted autonomy for Tibet within China, but not outright independence, which he said
was "out of the question".
He also denied Chinese accusations that he instigated the violence.
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"Investigate thoroughly," he said. "If you want to start investigating from here you are most welcome. Check our various
Earlier, Mr Wen said the Dalai Lama's claim of "cultural genocide" in Tibet was "nothing but lies".
Mr Wen's comments - his first since the violence broke out - came in response to a question by a Western journalist at a
news conference following the close of China's parliament.
Mr Wen defended China's handling of the violence, accusing protesters of robbery, arson and violence.
"There is ample fact and plenty of evidence proving this incident was organised, premeditated, masterminded and incited
by the Dalai clique," he said.
Mr Wen also said the protesters "wanted to incite the sabotage of the Olympic Games in order to achieve their
unspeakable goal". The Games begin in China on 8 August.
Large numbers of police are patrolling the streets of Lhasa.
A Chinese deadline for protesters to surrender passed on Monday and there is no immediate word on the military's actions.
Free Tibet protester in Delhi, India, 18 March
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However, the BBC has received reports from Lhasa of the Chinese authorities conducting house-to-house searches and
arresting suspected Tibetan protesters.
The BBC's Daniel Griffiths, who is in western China, said he had seen long convoys of military vehicles heading across
the mountains into Tibet.
There are unconfirmed reports of troops sealing off towns.
Demonstrations have spread to Tibetan communities in Gansu and Sichuan provinces.
Police have also stopped BBC journalists from entering the village in which the Dalai Lama was born in north-eastern Tibet.
Tourists flying into Nepal from Lhasa have been giving vivid accounts of the violence.
Swiss tourist, Claud Balsiger, 25, said protesters had told him they were seeking the release of monks, and things "went
insane" last Friday after rumours they had been killed.
He said everything that looked Chinese had been attacked or beaten up.
Mr Balsiger also said he had spoken to a Tibetan woman who had lost four family members.
China says Tibet has always been part of its territory but Tibet enjoyed long periods of autonomy before the 20th
Century and many Tibetans remain loyal to the Dalai Lama, who fled in 1959.
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