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Dalai Lama: Stop the violence in Tibet

March 15, 2008

DHARMSALA, India, March 14, (AP): China must stop using force against
protesters in Tibet, the Dalai Lama said Friday, calling the
demonstrations a manifestation of the "long-simmering resentment of
the Tibetan people."

The Tibetan spiritual leader and head of Tibet's government-in-exile
said in a statement that he was "deeply concerned over the situation
that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests."

His comments came as protests by Buddhist monks in Tibet turned
violent Friday. Shops and vehicles were set on fire and gunshots were
heard in the streets of the capital, Lhasa. A radio report said two
people were killed in the largest demonstrations in nearly two decades
against Beijing's 57-year rule over Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 amid an aborted uprising
against Chinese rule, called on Beijing to "stop using force and
address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through
dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not
to resort to violence."

In New Delhi, police clashed with scores of protesters as they tried
to march to the Chinese Embassy. Officers were seen arresting at least
two dozen people. No serious injuries were reported.

Earlier Friday, more than 100 Tibetan exiles began two weeks of
detention in northern India after police arrested them at the start of
a six-month march to their homeland to protest China's hosting of the
Olympic Games.

The exiles are being held in a hotel while authorities investigate
charges they threatened the "peace and tranquility" of the region,
said Tenzin Palkyi, a march coordinator.

The demonstrators had planned to arrive in Tibet at the start of the
Olympics in August. Fearing the march would embarrass China, Indian
officials banned the Tibetan exiles from leaving the Kangra district
that surrounds Dharmsala. After their arrest, the marchers pledged to
start a hunger strike.

On Friday, nearly 1,500 Tibetan Youth Congress members carrying
candles, Tibetan flags and portraits of the Dalai Lama marched through
the streets of Dharmsala in protest of the detention.

"We have been enjoying considerable freedom in India and I do not
think that this group of peaceful marchers going home have flouted any
law of the country," said Thupten Samphal, the official spokesman for
the exiled government.

Late Thursday, India's foreign ministry said in a statement that the
government "does not permit Tibetans to engage in anti-China political
activities in India."

Beijing maintains that Tibet is historically part of China, but many
Tibetans argue the Himalayan region was virtually independent for
centuries and accuse China of trying to crush Tibetan culture by
swamping it with Han people, the majority Chinese ethnic group.
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