Clash at China’s Tibetan monastery could turn ‘explosive’: Dalai Lama

April 17th, 2011 - 7:01 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that a stand-off between police and Tibetans at a monastery in China could turn “explosive”.

Dalai Lama also urged the international community to request China to show restraint in the confrontation at Kirti monastery in Sichuan, where police have reportedly locked up nearly 2,500 monks.

“I am very concerned that this situation if allowed to go on may become explosive with catastrophic consequences for the Tibetans in Ngaba. I urge both the monks and the lay Tibetans of the area not to do anything that might be used as a pretext by the local authorities to massively crack down on them,” The Guardian quoted him, as saying.

“I also strongly urge the international community, the governments around the world, and the international non-governmental organisations to persuade the Chinese leadership to exercise restraint in handling this situation,” Dalai Lama added.

The International Campaign for Tibet said hundreds of Tibetans gathered at the monastery in Aba county, believing the authorities were preparing to forcibly remove the monks for “patriotic education”, the paper said.

Exiles allege that security forces beat residents and loosed dogs on them as they forced their way through the crowds on Tuesday, injuring two women.

The re-education campaign was reportedly launched after a young monk from Kirti died after setting fire to himself in protest against Chinese rule on March 16. (ANI)

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