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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dalai Lama: Tibetans suffer 'hell on earth'

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 08:38:12 GMT        |        PressTV

Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama has accused China of having caused "untold suffering and destruction" to the Himalayan region since the March 1959 revolt.

"These thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth," the Tibetan spiritual leader said Tuesday on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising.

In a speech broadcast via the Internet to exiles and supporters worldwide, the 73-year-old Dalai Lama said justice "will prevail" for Tibet.

Buddhist monks led peaceful protests in Lhasa in 2008 on the anniversary of the Tibetan protest 50 years ago, but the demonstration transformed into a wide-scale anti-China insurrection.

Tibetan exiles say more than 200 people were killed last year by Chinese security forces.

Beijing says the Tibetan spiritual leader seeks independence for Tibet, while the Dalai Lama maintains he only wants more autonomy within China.

"From time immemorial, the Tibetan and Chinese peoples have been neighbors," the Dalai Lama said from the main Buddhist temple in Dharamsala, the north Indian town where the Tibetan government-in-exile is based.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman has reacted to the Dalai Lama's comments, describing them as "lies".

"I will not respond to the Dalai Lama's lies," Ma Zhaoxu told reporters.

"The Dalai Lama clique is confusing right and wrong. They are spreading rumors. The democratic reforms (under Chinese rule) are the widest and most profound reforms in Tibetan history," Ma said. 

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