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Dalai Lama asks China to end use of 'brute force' in Tibet
March 15, 2008 16:01 IST
With situation in Tibet turning volatile, its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama [Images] has asked the Chinese leadership to stop using 'brute force' and hold dialogue to address the 'long-simmering resentment' of the people there.
"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 in a statement as clashes were reported from Tibet, in which 10 people have died so far.
He said the protests are a manifestation of the 'deep-rooted resentment' of the Tibetan people under the 'present governance' back home.
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."