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Dalai Lama threatens to quit over violence

March 25, 2008 13:31 IST
Last Updated: March 25, 2008 15:13 IST

Strongly disapproving of the violent pro-democracy protests by Tibetans, the Dalai Lama [Images] on Tuesday threatened to step down if the violence continued.

China, which has resorted to force to quell the wide spread protests, has repeatedly blamed the Dalai for 'masterminding' the violence to malign the Communist nation's image in the international community.

"I have always made it clear that the expression of deep emotion should be in control. If it is out of control, we have no option. If the violent demonstration will continue, I would resign," he said.

Disturbed by violent protests by Tibetans in various places, he asked the demonstrators to refrain from doing any harm to the Chinese people.

"I have always respected the Chinese people... Chinese communism. Even most of the Tibetan protesters are ideologically Communists. I think inside or outside China, if the demonstrators utilise violent methods, I am totally against it," the Buddhist spiritual leader added.

Asked about the future course of action regarding the ongoing Tibetan crisis, he merely said, "Just wait".

The Dalai Lama is in the capital to attend a week-long meditation workshop.

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