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Dalai Lama Threatens to Resign


The Chinese are calling the Dalai Lama a hypocrite:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/18/content_7813026.htm

Of interest:
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/world/03/19/0319chinatibet.html
http://www.savetibet.org/news/newsitem.php?id=1229
and here's the Dalai Lama's actual words:
http://www.dalailama.com/news.218.htm
and the Dalai Lama's website:
http://www.dalailama.com/

The article below was pilfered from a friend's LJ:

Dalai Lama will resign if violence worsens

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Dalai Lama threatened Tuesday to step down as leader of Tibet's government in exile if violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland spirals out of control.

Demonstrations in Tibet turned increasingly violent last week, and the Dalai Lama, speaking to reporters, urged Tibetans to show restraint.

He said that "if things become out of control" his "only option is to completely resign."

While the situation inside Tibet remains unclear, much of the violence late last week appears to have been committed by Tibetans attacking ethnic Han Chinese. In the days since then, worries have grown that Chinese troops trying to reassert control over Lhasa were exacting retribution against the Tibetans.

Later, one of the Dalai Lama's top aides clarified his comments.

"If the Tibetans were to choose the path of violence he would have to resign because he is completely committed to non-violence," Tenzin Taklha said. "He would resign as the political leader and head of state, but not as the Dalai Lama. He will always be the Dalai Lama."

As the Tibetan spiritual leader, he was recognized at age 2 as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama and enthroned before he turned 4. He assumed full powers at age 15, in the year that troops of Mao Zedong's newly founded communist republic entered Tibet and crushed its small army.

The Dalai Lama also called on Tibetan exiles, currently on a protest they say will take them from India all the way to Lhasa, Tibet's capital, to stop their march at the border.

"Will you get independence? What's the use?" he said.

The recent Lhasa protests, led by monks, began peacefully March 10 on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. But they grew increasingly violent, culminating Friday with widespread street violence. Chinese officials say 16 people were killed, but the Tibetan government-in-exile says that 80 people died.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet following the 1959 uprising, setting up his government-in-exile in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala.

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lenno_cornish
Mar. 19th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Dalai Lama here is just a pawn in a big strategy.
liveonearth
Mar. 19th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Whose big strategy do you mean?
lenno_cornish
Mar. 20th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Sure - I mean our own game to save dollar and prevent our rivals from dominance.
Kosovo is the game against Euro, various Postsoviet Eurasian things (together with Ukraine) - it's against Russia, Iraq - against Moslem East and Tibet - against stability of China.
Of course we hardly able to find any official traces of special agencies participation. But just look at the results. Kosovo became precedent and now we see its consequence in many regions, like China.
Buddist religion is very peaceful and I can't believe that Tibethans themselves suddenly got their powers to raise. If they were so angry against China - why they were so "quiet" before, during many years after occupation?
In fact I see nothing bad in such strategy, it's always better to fight potential enemy in his own land.
What I dislike is a quality of such strategy. It looks like after our great success over USSR we have lost clear targets and have no idea how to use our power effectively.
liveonearth
Mar. 20th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Makes sense to me. I don't understand what has provoked the uprising among Tibetans. The situation has been stable for so long. But the world is changing everywhere, and people are getting nervous. It is certainly true that America has no claim to truth and light in its dealings in the world.
lenno_cornish
Mar. 24th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
The City on the Hill doesn't work.
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