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China Orders Security Forces to 'Crush' Support for Dalai Lama

February 21, 2009

By VOA News
19 February 2009


Chinese authorities in Tibet are calling on officials, security forces
and the general public to "crush" any signs of support for the Dalai Lama.

In a report Thursday in China's state-run Tibet Daily newspaper, the
local government vowed to fight what it calls the "savage attacks" of
supporters of the exiled spiritual leader.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking independence for Tibet and
provoking mass protests against Chinese rule last year. Authorities have
tightened security in Tibetan regions of China ahead of the March 10
anniversary of the start of the protests.

The Tibet Daily said the local government also instructed Buddhist monks
and nuns to reject the Dalai Lama and separatist activities.

The Dalai Lama denies inciting violent protests in China and says he
seeks only autonomy for Tibet, where he remains widely revered.

March 10 also marks the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of a failed
Tibetan uprising against China. During the uprising, the Dalai Lama fled
into exile in India.

Tibetan rights groups said Chinese security forces have arrested at
least 21 people who marched in support of the Dalai Lama over the past
week in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

The rights groups said the protesters in the town of Lithang in
Sichuan's Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture were beaten by police
before being detained.
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