China, not Dalai Lama, to be blamed for self-immolations: Sangay

March 10th, 2012 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, March 10 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has always discouraged self-immolation in Tibet, but such protests are continuing due to the hardline policies of China, Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said here Saturday.

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) have always discouraged such drastic actions. However, despite our pleas, Tibetans continue to self-immolate with 14 cases already in 2012,” Sangay said on the 53rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.

He blamed the Chinese authorities for the growing number of monks and nuns setting themselves afire.

“The fault lies squarely with the hardline leaders in Beijing, so does the solution. The self-immolations are an emphatic rejection of the empty promises of the so-called ’socialist paradise’,” he said while addressing thousands of exiles assembled Saturday morning at the hilltop of Tsuglagkhang temple at McLeodganj, where the Dalai Lama was also present.

The senior fellow of Harvard Law School clarified that the Tibetan struggle is not against the Chinese people or China as a nation. “It is against the People’s Republic of China government’s policies. China must acknowledge the depth of the problems in Tibet and understand they cannot be solved through violence.”

To address the tragedy in Tibet, Sangay called on Beijing to accept the ‘middle-way policy’ that demands greater autonomy for the people of Tibet within the Chinese constitution and to resume the dialogue between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and the Chinese.

In 1959, the occupying Chinese troops suppressed the Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa and forced the Dalai Lama and over 80,000 Tibetans into exile in India and neighbouring countries.

Some 140,000 Tibetans live in exile around the world, with over 100,000 living in India.

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