Tibetans fighting for autonomy not independence: Dalai Lama

March 16th, 2008 - 5:49 pm ICT by admin  

Dharamshala, Mar 16 (ANI): The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, on Sunday said that everyone except China knows that Tibet is not seeking independence, but autonomy.

Dalai Lama also demanded for investigation into the incidents in Tibet in the past few days.

He said Tibets ancient heritage is facing serious threat, adding that there are lots of restrictions on education in monasteries in Tibet.

Alleging China of using force to attain peace, Dalai Lama said that Beijing is committing cultural genocide.

He said the Beijing Olympics should not be called off and urged the international community to intervene, as it is their moral responsibility to help in this situation.

Tibetan youth spokesperson Soman Wandgdue has claimed on Saturday that the Tibetans were demonstrating peacefully in Tibet when the military surrounded them and opened fire.
Wandgdue had requested the international community to free Tibet and save its people from a “murderous regime.”
Tibetans are trying to revive their freedom movement and protest against what they see as China’s illegal occupation of their homeland.
Hundreds of Tibetans refugees set off on a march to Tibet from New Delhi on March 10 as part of global protests to mark the 49th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule.
The Indian authorities have since stopped them saying that its soil cannot be used for anti-China propaganda or protest.
Meanwhile thousands of Tibetan living in exile in India gathered in Dharamsala on Sunday to protest against Chinese Government’s action against demonstrators in Tibet.
Atleast 10 people were reportedly killed in the largest ever demonstrations in nearly two decades against Beijing’s 57-year rule over Tibet.
Earlier, Tibetans exiles resumed their march to Tibet on Saturday from Dehra town where the authorities had earlier detained 102 marchers as they tried to march ahead to the Chinese border to press claims for independence of Tibet and also protest against the Beijing Olympics.
The detained 102 marchers mostly Tibetans were send to 14 days judicial custody since Thursday.
India expressed concern over the developments in Lhasa and assured of a befitting response to deal with the issue.
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche said reports of a high-level of violence indicate an atmosphere of complete chaos.
Meanwhile, around 70 Tibetan monks and nuns have gone on an indefinite hunger strike here to express their solidarity and support with fellow Tibetans. (ANI)

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