Unrest Possible in Tibet: Dalai Lama

BADEN BADEN ~ Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has warned that the situation in his homeland is “very tense” and that an uprising is possible.

“Today there is too much anger. (The) situation is very tense,” he said during a visit to the western German city of Baden Baden on Wednesday. “At any moment, an outburst could happen.

“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 funded schools.”

The Dalai Lama was in the spa town of Baden Baden for a ceremony 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.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamshala, northern India, since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

China considers him a separatist agitating for independence for his Chinese-controlled Himalayan homeland and issues strong protests whenever he meets with leaders overseas or is accorded an official welcome of any kind.

The Dalai Lama denies he is seeking independence, saying he only wants some autonomy for Tibet and an end to Chinese cultural oppression.

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