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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Exiled Tibetan PM says China to extend Tibet crackdown

April 20, 2008

DHARAMSHALA, India April 18, 2008 (AFP) — Tibet's exiled government on
Friday accused Beijing of planning to extend its crackdown on Tibet and
appealed for the international community to intervene.

The plea came a day after China said it was putting off plans to reopen
Tibet, which was closed to visitors after authorities cracked down on
Tibetan riots that erupted last month and spilled over into other regions.

"Tibet is virtually sealed," prime minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche
said in the Tibetan enclave of Dharamshala in India, adding "in a short
period the Chinese authorities will destroy all evidence by executing
the innocent Tibetans."

Rinpoche's remarks also came a day after a brief, high-security leg of
the global Olympic torch relay in New Delhi that saw the heart of the
Indian capital emptied of people except for thousands of police.

Indian and Chinese authorities had feared that some of India's more than
100,000-strong Tibetan refugee community would try to disrupt the relay
to draw attention to what they say are human rights violations in the

Beginning March 14, rioters went on a rampage that claimed the lives of
20 people, China said, while exiled Tibetan leaders say more than 150
Tibetans in their Himalayan homeland died in the subsequent Chinese

"Normalcy did not return even after more than five weeks and more
protests and repressive measures are happening day after day. This
arouses the suspicion about the intentions of the Chinese authorities,"
said Rinpoche.

"We are very much concerned such repressive action may continue for many
more months to come."

He pleaded for the international community to act to prevent China
carrying out "brutal acts against the Tibetan people."

The Tibetan exile government has reported protests have also continued
inside Tibet and other areas in China, citing anonymous sources from the

Rinpoche repeated allegations made by the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual
leader the Dalai Lama that the violent protesters were actually ethnic
Chinese masquerading as Tibetans.

"Most of protestors involved in the violent acts on that day were
unfamiliar to the local people," he said.

"In particular, there are cases where people have seen Chinese policemen
in Tibetan dress and in monks robes taking the leading role during the
protests," he said.

The Dalai Lama has been living in India since 1959 after fleeing Tibet
following a failed uprising in Lhasa against Chinese troops.
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