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We won't allow anti-China protests: India
March 14, 2008 22:09 IST
Justifying its action against Tibetan protesters in New Delhi, the government has said anti-China political activities by refugees will not be allowed in India.
"The Government of India does not permit Tibetans to engage in anti-China political activities in India," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said while commenting on the police action against the refugees who had taken out a march in Dharmasala in Himachal Pradesh two days ago. He said the government had the responsibility to maintain public order and "any activity which causes disruption would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of India."
On the intention of the Tibetan refugees to cross over into China, Sarna said, "Any person, whether an Indian national or a foreigner, is required to possess valid travel documents to cross the international border.''
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said the protests are a manifestation of the "deep-rooted resentment" of the Tibetan people under the "present governance" back home.
"I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days," he said.
Contending that unity and stability under "brute force is at best a temporary solution", the Dalai Lama said, "It is unrealistic to expect unity and stability under such a rule and would therefore not be conducive to finding a peaceful and lasting solution."
He appealed to the Chinese leadership to "stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people''.