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March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

China publishes ‘evidence’ against Dalai Lama

BEIJING: China has published an anonymous confession from a Tibetan protester as part of a dossier of “evidence” it says proves the Dalai Lama and his allies were behind the recent deadly unrest in Tibet.

The official Xinhua news agency released a nearly 2,000-word article it said proved the Tibetan spiritual leader and his government-in-exile were behind the protests against China’s rule of the Himalayan region.

The first piece of evidence, released late on Sunday on Xinhua’s English service, was “an insider’s confession”.

“An unidentified suspect who was connected with the Lhasa violence has confessed to the police that the ‘security department’ of the ‘Tibetan government-in-exile’ asked him to distribute leaflets promoting the so-called ‘Tibetan people’s uprising’ to civilians and monks in Tibet,” Xinhua said.

However, Xinhua did not identify the suspect or publish the leaflet. Versions of the apparent evidence published in the state-run Chinese language press on Monday did not carry any reference to the anonymous confession.

The Xinhua article then went on to name five organisations it said were working under the Tibetan government-in-exile that had fomented the unrest.

It also said the “Dalai clique” based in Dharamshala, India, held a meeting on March 14, the day of the most violent unrest in Tibet’s capital Lhasa, to build on those “achievements”.

The article did not cite any sources for how it knew of the meeting and what was decided. The protests began in Lhasa on March 10 to mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. They erupted into deadly riots on March 10, and spread to nearby areas of western China with Tibetan populations.

China says Tibetan rioters killed 18 civilians and two police officers in the protests.

Exiled Tibetan leaders have put the death toll from the Chinese crackdown at between 135 and 140, with another 1,000 injured and many detained.

China has repeatedly stated that it had evidence to prove that groups aligned to the Dalai Lama were responsible for the unrest, a claim the spiritual leader has denied.

The Xinhua article was the first major document published to back up China’s assertions.

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