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China Blames Dalai Lama for Rare Protests in Tibet བོད་སྐད།


China says recent rare protests in Tibet were a deliberate attempt by the region's exiled spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, to stir up social unrest.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang confirmed that the protests had taken place, but said the situation was now under control.

Qin blamed the Dalai Lama and warned against what he said was the spiritual leader's plot to separate Tibet from China. The protests Monday and Tuesday occurred as Tibetans around the world marked the 49th anniversary (March 10th) of an uprising against Chinese rule.

The Associated Press reports that security has been tightened around two Buddhist temples in Lhasa where the protests took place, with large numbers of police and soldiers surrounding the monesteries.

In northern India today, police arrested 100 people marching to the Tibetan border to protest the upcoming Olympic Games in China.

The Tibetan marchers and some foreigners set off Monday from Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile.

Chinese troops took control of Tibet in 1951. At the end of that decade, the Dalai Lama and many followers fled the region and were allowed to settle in Dharamsala

Beijing frequently accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking political independence for Tibet. But the exiled spiritual leader says he is only seeking autonomy.

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