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Dalai Lama: China has created ‘hell’ in Tibet


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The Dalai Lama has accused China of creating “hell on Earth” in Tibet on the 50th anniversary of the uprising that led to his exile.

Speaking to around 2,000 of his supporters in Dharamsala, his home in India, he said China had brought “untold suffering and destruction to the land and people of Tibet”.

He accused it of carrying out a series of repressive and violent campaigns which “thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth.”

He said that Chinese rule in the region was bringing the Tibetan way of life to an end. “Today, the religion, culture, language and identity are nearing extinction; in short, the Tibetan people are regarded like criminals deserving to be put to death.”

He blamed Chinese occupation for directly causing the deaths of “hundreds of thousands” of Tibetans since 1959. At least 200,000 Tibetans are also thought to be in exile around the world.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign ministry said he would “not respond to the Dalai Lama’s lies”. He added: “The Dalai Lama clique is spreading rumours. The democratic reforms are the widest and most profound in Tibetan history. In the past 50 years, Tibet has witnessed profound changes and the millions of serfs have become the new owners of Tibet.”

Who would you believe?

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March 10, 2009 - Posted by | People, Politics, religion

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