Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says the situation inside Tibet is very tense, and that a new uprising may happen there at any moment.
The Dalai Lama was speaking Wednesday on a cultural visit to Germany's western city of Baden Baden. He expressed concern that another uprising against China's rule over Tibet will trigger more Chinese repression of his people.
The Tibetan spiritual leader also accused Chinese authorities of torturing and killing Tibetans after they are arrested.
"This is my worry because with more uprising, there will be
more crackdown," he continued. "Things are very sad.
"As soon as people are arrested, they use torture, and
sometimes they kill them. Since public execution is difficult, they use torture
when Tibetans are detained."
"In many places, schools are closed, especially private
The Dalai Lama was in the spa town of Baden Baden for a
ceremony on Tuesday in which he received the 2008 German Media Prize, which is
awarded every year by a panel of German editors and journalists.
Previous recipients have included Bill Clinton former US
president; Nelson Mandela, the Nobel laureate and former South African
president; and Helmut Kohl, Germany's former chancellor.
Beijing accused the Dalai Lama of instigating anti-government protests in Tibet last year and seeking independence for the region -- both charges he denies.
The vice chairman of Tibet's regional parliament (Nyima Cering) says Chinese authorities have sentenced 76 people in connection with last year's protests in Tibet's capital, Lhasa. The official says more than 950 people were detained.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP,
AP and Reuters.